California Sheriff: One Dead, One Seriously Injured in Lake Tahoe Avalanche

© AP Photo / Scott SadyThis photo shows a view of Lake Tahoe near Reno, Nev., after several recent storms added to the snow pack, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Squaw Valley ski resort, in Olympic Valley, Calif., will now be open for skiing Memorial Day weekend due to the snow. (AP Photo/Scott Sady)
This photo shows a view of Lake Tahoe near Reno, Nev., after several recent storms added to the snow pack, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Squaw Valley ski resort, in Olympic Valley, Calif., will now be open for skiing Memorial Day weekend due to the snow. (AP Photo/Scott Sady) - Sputnik International
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Placer County Sheriff's deputies and Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue (TNSAR) have been dispatched to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort around 11:20 a.m. local time to locate several missing victims following an avalanche late Friday morning.

Numerous individuals have been reported missing in the ski area of Alpine Meadows, California, after an avalanche struck the Lake Tahoe region.

The avalanche was first reported at 10:16 a.m. local time on the Subway ski run.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office confirmed that one individual has died and another was found with severe lower-body injuries and transported to an area hospital following the event. Emergency responders are continuing to search for additional victims.

Up to 25 inches of snow were dumped in the Squaw Valley of Alpine Meadows between Thursday and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The Sierra Avalanche Center announced that there was "considerable avalanche danger" for all elevations in the area. 

Alpine Meadows is the location of the deadliest avalanche in US ski history. The March 31, 1982, event claimed the lives of seven individuals, reported the Sacramento Bee

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