CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2020/01/17 - California - Scott Peak, west of Lake Tahoe

Published 2020/01/17 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC

Avalanche Details

  • Location: Scott Peak, west of Lake Tahoe
  • State: California
  • Date: 2020/01/17
  • Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 2 inbounds skiers caught, 1 injured, 1 killed
  • Primary Activity: Inbounds Rider
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski


  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 0
  • Injured: 1
  • Killed: 1


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  • Size - Relative to Path: --
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Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: At approximately 10:16 AM an avalanche was reported in the area between Scott Chute and Promised Land near Scott Chair at Alpine Meadows, within an open area of the resort. A male skier sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 11:00 AM. A second male skier sustained severe lower-body injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol responded immediately to the scene and completed a thorough search of the area with the help of additional resort personnel and members of the public using avalanche transceivers, probes, RECCO Rescue System technology, and avalanche rescue dog teams. Witnesses to the incident saw no other individuals involved, no additional individuals have been reported missing and the search was declared complete at 11:45 AM

Statement from the ski area