A skier who died after being caught in a snow slide near Alpine Meadows is being identified as Benjamin Brackett.
Brackett worked on Squaw Valley’s culinary team since 2008.
The 29-year-old was with two friends Thursday afternoon when the slide happened. They were in the Ward Valley area, below Stanford Rock.
After the slide, one of the skiers was able to ski out and get help. Brackett was rescued from the mountain and rushed to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he later died.
Rescue crews were on skis because the terrain was too rugged for snowmobiles. Brackett had to be brought off the mountain by a sled.
In a statement released Friday, Squaw Valley said Brackett “had a smile and a friendly word for all his co-workers and our guests. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be truly missed by his friends, family and team members here at Squaw.”
Friends of Brackett's echoed that sentiment.
"He loved being outdoors and taking advantage of the fresh snow," said friend Jeremy Frost. "He always had a smile on his face, and was never in a bad mood."
Avalanche expert Dough Stoup tells FOX40 the threat of a Sierra avalanche will remain through the weekend and, while ski resorts blast snow as a preventitave measure before the lifts begin each morning, back country skiiers should be extra cautious.
Ian McDonald, Sam Cohen and Eric Rucker contributed to this report.