Snowboarder dies after setting off avalanche at Donner Ski Ranch
Nevada County sheriff's deputies received a report just after noon Monday of an overdue snowboarder who may have gotten caught in an avalanche that happened earlier in the day.
Reports indicate that there were several people skiing and snowboarding in the affected area, deputies said.
A search remains under way as officials look for any other people who may have gotten caught in the snow.
The victim was riding above the avalanche for some time, but he was found at the base of the mountain by his friend, who made the report.
Officials haven't released the victim's identity yet, but said he was a man in his 50s from the Truckee area.
The in-bounds avalanche was set off about 9:30 a.m. on the left side of the mountain, between chairs 1 and 6, according to the operations director.
Early reports indicate witnesses may have thought everyone made it out of the area safely -- but then realized a snowboarder was unaccounted for, prompting the search, which included a dog from neighboring Sugar Bowl.
The mountain has shut down for the day.
On Sunday, three riders triggered an in-bounds avalanche at Squaw Valley. Two people suffered minor injuries, but no one was buried.
The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.