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One person was killed and another injured following an avalanche at Palisades Tahoe Resort during Wednesday’s winter storm, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. The avalanche happened around 9:30 a.m. on the Palisades side of the Lake Tahoe ski resort, in the GS gully area to the skier’s right of the KT-22 chairlift. This was the first day of the season for the lift, which was deemed safe and opened at 9 a.m. Palisades Tahoe said patrol and operations teams performed a search for those impacted. A Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that the person who died was a male. The other person who was hurt suffered a minor, non-life-threatening injury. Both were guests at the resort. There are no others who have been reported missing. The sheriff’s office identified the man who died as 66-year-old Kenneth Kidd. He was a resident of both Point Reyes and the Truckee Tahoe area.A Palisades Tahoe official said two others were caught in the slide but were unhurt. One person was pulled out of the snow by their partner. The other was assisted by someone else.”This is a very sad day for my team and everyone here,” Palisades Tahoe president and chief operating officer Dee Byrne said. She also expressed condolences to the victim’s family.The sheriff’s office said it helped Olympic Valley Fire and Palisades Tahoe with the search and rescue operation. The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue was also used “along with allied agency partners and assets from the west side.”More than 100 Palisades personnel helped in the search. Palisades Tahoe said both sides of the mountain will be closed for the day. The resort plans to reopen on Thursday but said KT-22 will be closed, and there could be “significant” delays elsewhere.Palisades Tahoe said the avalanche took away the access road to KT-22, which is required to get snowcats and snowmobiles up the mountain. The resort also said it would be “a rigorous snow safety morning” for the Palisades and Alpine side of the resort to assess the terrain. Still, the resort’s dashboard showed many lifts scheduled to open at 9 a.m. as usual. | Video Below | What do Sierra resort crews do to reduce the avalanche risk?Meteorologist Heather Waldman reports that the avalanche came after the resort recorded 9 inches of snowfall on Jan. 3. More recently, 17 inches fell on Jan. 7. Another 16-20 inches are forecast for Wednesday. High winds over the crest of Palisades this past weekend and Wednesday morning may have also increased the risk for an avalanche at that elevation.The Sierra Avalanche Center forecast a considerable avalanche danger on Wednesday. The danger remains considerable on Thursday as well. “New snow and high winds have loaded existing weak layers in our snowpack,” the center wrote. “Large avalanches are the main concern today failing well below our recent storm snow. High winds will also continue to create slabs of wind blown snow in exposed areas. Cautious route finding with large safety margins will be required to help avoid todays avalanche problems.”| Video Below | What factors cause an avalanche?Get California Storm ReadyDownload our app for the latest breaking news and weather alertsTrack live California Doppler radarSee our live traffic mapChain controls? Track the latest California road conditions information

One person was killed and another injured following an avalanche at Palisades Tahoe Resort during Wednesday’s winter storm, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The avalanche happened around 9:30 a.m. on the Palisades side of the Lake Tahoe ski resort, in the GS gully area to the skier’s right of the KT-22 chairlift. This was the first day of the season for the lift, which was deemed safe and opened at 9 a.m.

Palisades Tahoe said patrol and operations teams performed a search for those impacted.

A Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that the person who died was a male. The other person who was hurt suffered a minor, non-life-threatening injury. Both were guests at the resort. There are no others who have been reported missing.

The sheriff’s office identified the man who died as 66-year-old Kenneth Kidd. He was a resident of both Point Reyes and the Truckee Tahoe area.

A Palisades Tahoe official said two others were caught in the slide but were unhurt. One person was pulled out of the snow by their partner. The other was assisted by someone else.

“This is a very sad day for my team and everyone here,” Palisades Tahoe president and chief operating officer Dee Byrne said.

She also expressed condolences to the victim’s family.

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The sheriff’s office said it helped Olympic Valley Fire and Palisades Tahoe with the search and rescue operation. The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue was also used “along with allied agency partners and assets from the west side.”

More than 100 Palisades personnel helped in the search.

Palisades Tahoe said both sides of the mountain will be closed for the day. The resort plans to reopen on Thursday but said KT-22 will be closed, and there could be “significant” delays elsewhere.

Palisades Tahoe said the avalanche took away the access road to KT-22, which is required to get snowcats and snowmobiles up the mountain.

The resort also said it would be “a rigorous snow safety morning” for the Palisades and Alpine side of the resort to assess the terrain.

Still, the resort’s dashboard showed many lifts scheduled to open at 9 a.m. as usual.

| Video Below | What do Sierra resort crews do to reduce the avalanche risk?

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Meteorologist Heather Waldman reports that the avalanche came after the resort recorded 9 inches of snowfall on Jan. 3. More recently, 17 inches fell on Jan. 7. Another 16-20 inches are forecast for Wednesday.

Palisades Tahoe snow totals

High winds over the crest of Palisades this past weekend and Wednesday morning may have also increased the risk for an avalanche at that elevation.

The Sierra Avalanche Center forecast a considerable avalanche danger on Wednesday. The danger remains considerable on Thursday as well.

“New snow and high winds have loaded existing weak layers in our snowpack,” the center wrote. “Large avalanches are the main concern today failing well below our recent storm snow. High winds will also continue to create slabs of wind blown snow in exposed areas. Cautious route finding with large safety margins will be required to help avoid todays avalanche problems.”

| Video Below | What factors cause an avalanche?

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