Snow-related accidents claim three men in central Sierra |

Snow-related accidents claim three men in central Sierra

Staff Reports

A Heavenly Ski Patrol member died on Saturday after he was found unconscious near Mott Canyon at the resort.

Christopher John Nicholson, 36, was identified by Douglas County authorities on Monday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholson was working on Saturday.

Nicholson was flown via Care Flight to Carson Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office and Washoe County Coroner’s Office are working to identify a cause of death. 

“Heavenly Mountain Resort, Heavenly Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends,” said Heavenly Mountain Resort General Manager Tom Fortune.

Nicholson was the third man to die in snow-related accidents in the Central Sierra over two days.

A snowmobile accident at Blue Lakes on Friday afternoon claimed former Carson Valley resident Jake Roman. 

A 2017 Carson High School graduate, he was the son of Carson High Athletic Director and Football Coach Blair Roman and the grandson of Keith Roman, who was a long-time school board member, Douglas coach and whose name graces Douglas High School’s football field.

A Gofundme page posted on Saturday has raised $37,895 of a $40,000 goal toward funeral expenses and medical bills. The page is located at

A California man was killed in an avalanche at Alpine Meadows on Friday morning.

Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, Calif., was killed and another skier was injured.