California snowboarder dies after hitting tree
TRUCKEE – A 37-year-old snowboarder from Meridian, Calif., died at Northstar-at-Tahoe Wednesday morning after hitting a tree.
Stuart Skelton hit the tree while headed down Powder Bowl, an intermediate run on the ski area’s front side, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
Northstar-at-Tahoe spokeswoman Erin Bernall said the ski patrol was called at 9:48 a.m., and they arrived at 9:52 a.m. and immediately began administering CPR.
A nurse pronounced Skelton dead at the scene at 10:25 a.m.
Placer County deputies is handling the investigation. The exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.
There were no witnesses to the accident, Bernall said. The snowboarder was not wearing a helmet.