Snowboarder dies at Sugar Bowl
A snowboarder died at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Norden Monday afternoon in the Crow’s Peak area of the resort.
The deceased was identified Monday evening as Justin McCollum, 20, of Roseville.
According to Sgt. Kurt Walker of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, McCollum was showboarding with a group of friends on Monday in the Strawberry Fields area, classified as a double black diamond “expert only” run.
Walker said McCollum fell behind and his friends waited for him at the base of the run. They then took a lift back up and saw the victim in a tree well.
The call for help came at 2:31 p.m., Walker reported.
According to a release, members of the ski patrol performed first aid and transported the individual to the base area where he was pronounced dead.
A helicopter and paramedics were standing by to provide transport to a local hospital.
The cause of the fatality is unknown, according to the release, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. Walker said McCollum was employed as a cashier at the resort.
~ Staff report