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Two people dead in California ski accidents

March 19, 2012 |  9:29 am

Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man died during a ski accident in Fresno County. Source: Google Maps Two people died in ski accidents Sunday, following a storm that dumped snow throughout California.

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 him and despite administering CPR, nobody could revive him, Cohee said.

"The cardinal rule is always, always be with someone else," he said.

In 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. Other skiers found him but he wasn't breathing at the time and couldn't be revived, the sheriff's office reported.

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-- Anna Gorman
Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man died during a snowboarding accident in Fresno County. Source: Google Maps
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