A 52-year-old California man was found dead in a massive snowstorm at a ski resort last week.
The man, who has not publicly been identified, was found by guests around noon Thursday, buried head first in the snow, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
The guests tried to dig him out and Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol performed CPR and used a defibrillator in an attempt to restart his pulse, but he was declared dead at Mammoth Hospital.
It’s unclear how long he had been there or how he ended up buried in the snow.
His cause of death is under investigation.
Mammoth Mountain saw up to nine feet of snow since Tuesday, warning of “the power of Mother Nature.”
Skiers were advised to ride with a buddy and keep them “in sight” at all times.
“Avoid the base of trees and if you’re going to fall, attempt to do so feet first,” the resort warned on Facebook Thursday, the same day the man was found dead.
It’s sad that he was out there by himself with no one looking for him. The buddy system isn’t just for stranger danger.