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Tahoe skier killed in avalanche identified

March 2, 2012 |  8:50 am

Tahoe skier identified
A skier who died after he was trapped in an avalanche in the Lake Tahoe area was identified Friday as Benjamin Brackett of nearby Olympic Valley, coroner’s officials said.

The 29-year-old and two others got stuck in tough terrain about 3 p.m. Thursday near Alpine Meadows in the Tahoe National Forest.

One skier set out to notify authorities while the other stayed with Brackett, said Sgt. Ed Clark with the Placer County sheriff’s office.

Rescuers pulled Brackett out of the avalanche area on a sled after struggling to reach him. He was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he later died.

An autopsy will be done to determine Brackett’s cause of death, said Sgt. Paul Schmidt with the Nevada County coroner’s office.

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Photo: Rescuers near avalanche that killed Tahoe skier. Credit: Fox40 Sacramento.

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