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Cross-Country Skier Killed in Avalanche

February 21, 2005|From Associated Press

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A cross-country skier was killed Sunday when she became buried in a backcountry avalanche in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said.

The woman was skiing with a party of 11 people when the avalanche occurred in steep, rugged terrain between the Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley ski resorts north of Lake Tahoe, said Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Wells.

The victim's name and hometown were not released.

Two other members of the party were trapped in the avalanche, which occurred about 11 a.m., but escaped serious injury after emerging from the snow relatively quickly, Wells said.

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