Search for Sugar Bowl ski instructor suspended |

Search for Sugar Bowl ski instructor suspended

Staff Reports
Carson May
Courtesy / Placer County Sheriff’s Department |

A search for a California ski instructor who has been missing for five days has been suspended, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas County searchers helped look for 23-year-old Carson May, of Davis, Calif., who works at Sugar Bowl’s Mountain Sports Learning Center.

May went missing on Jan. 15 during white-out conditions, and despite days of intensive searching, has not been located.

“Conditions during the five days of searching have been treacherous due to frequent heavy snow and the associated risks that high avalanche danger poses to the many search and rescue volunteers,” Placer County reported on its Facebook page. “Sugar Bowl representatives and chaplains met with the May family today and it is with regret that we must suspend the efforts to locate Carson.”

Douglas searchers said Tuesday that conditions were difficult with blowing rain and snow and only occasional breaks in the weather.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, more than 50 people from the Placer County search and rescue teams, as well as those from Nevada, Douglas, and El Dorado counties; Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue; Bay Area Mountain Rescue; Marin Mountain Rescue; U.S. Forest Service; Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol; and National Ski Patrol.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our appreciation to the many volunteer searchers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, volunteer searchers from the multiple allied agencies, and the assistance of the Sugar Bowl staff who all worked tirelessly to locate Carson despite the extremely hazardous conditions.

Should new information become available and environmental conditions allow, additional follow-up searches may occur.