Search-and-rescue crews recovered the body of a 64-year-old male skier under 8 to 10 feet of snow, according to CBS News.
According to police, the skier was part of a duo who entered a closed section of the mountain known as The Chutes, known for its steep, technical terrain.
Pictured above: The Chutes, the area of the mountain where the avalanche occurred.
“This was a closed area and the skiers obviously made a decision that they wanted to make a run there and obviously this did not work out for the best,” Bob Harmon, the public information officer for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, told CBS News.
The deceased skier’s partner was able to escape the avalanche — which measured between 350 to 550 feet wide — and call for help. But due to heavy snowfall, search efforts on Saturday had to be cut short. Neither skier was equipped with proper backcountry safety gear, such as avalanche beacons, according to CBS.
The body was recovered through the use of search dogs and a volunteer crew on Sunday. Harmon told the Sacramento Bee that the Washoe County Medical Examiners office is working to confirm the identity of the deceased skier, and will release his name following the confirmation.
Reports from the Sierra Avalanche Center suggest that the man may have been responsible for triggering the avalanche.