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Three people dead in separate ski accidents at California resorts

March 20, 2012 |  8:37 am

 Three people have died in ski accidents in California after a recent storm dumped snow throughout the state.

On Monday, a 20-year-old Sugar Bowl ski resort employee was killed when he fell into a tree well while snowboarding with friends on a double-black diamond, or expert, run, authorities said.

Placer County sheriff's deputies said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on Strawberry Fields in the Lake Tahoe area.

The young man's friends found him trapped in a deep hole that snow had formed around a tree.

On Sunday, two people died in separate ski accidents.

A 30-year-old man was snowboarding in a wide-open area at China Peak Mountain Resort in Lakeshore in Fresno County when he fell face-first into new snow and couldn't dig himself out, owner Tim Cohee said Monday.

Several minutes passed before anybody saw the snowboarder, and although CPR eventually was administered,  he could not be revived, Cohee said.

Near Lake Tahoe, a 54-year-old skier also died Sunday after falling into a deep hole created by an underflow of water, according to the El Dorado County sheriff's office.

The man was skiing in an expert area at Sierra at Tahoe Resort when the accident occurred.

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