Breaking: Avalanche Closes Iconic California Ski Resort

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Breaking News: Avalanche Shuts Down Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort in California

California’s Palisades Tahoe ski resort has been closed following an avalanche that occurred earlier today. The resort, which was the host site for the 1960 Winter Olympics, confirmed the incident. The avalanche took place around 9:30 a.m. in the GS gully area of KT-22, according to Palisades Tahoe.

Search and Rescue Operation Underway

The resort’s patrol and mountain operations teams are currently conducting a search and rescue operation in the affected area. While there are no confirmed reports of people being trapped, search teams are assessing the situation. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has also dispatched deputies to the scene.

Alpine Meadows Resort Also Affected

In response to the avalanche at Palisades Tahoe, nearby Alpine Meadows ski resort has also suspended all lift operations for the day. Both resorts are located on the western side of Lake Tahoe, approximately 40 miles from Reno, Nevada.

Powerful Storm and High Winds

These closures come as a result of a powerful storm moving into the Sierra region. On Tuesday, winds gusting over 100 mph were recorded over ridgetops around Lake Tahoe. The National Weather Service in Reno has issued warnings of heavy snowfall, with up to 2 feet expected at higher elevations by early Thursday. Snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour are predicted for Wednesday in the vicinity of Lake Tahoe.

Stay Safe and Stay Informed

If you had plans to visit Palisades Tahoe or Alpine Meadows, it is advised to check with the resorts for updates on when they will reopen. It is important to prioritize safety during extreme weather conditions like these. Stay informed about weather forecasts and follow the instructions of local authorities. Remember, the mountains will always be there, but your safety is paramount.

Avalanche at Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort

The Associated Press contributed to this report.