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Over the weekend, a 25-year-old man from Berkeley died in a skiing accident at the Palisades Tahoe ski resort. Recently identified as Kye Moffat, according to reports he was found unresponsive near the closed Sunnyside trail on Saturday afternoon.

“At 4:21pm, Ski Patrol responded to a guest report of an injured skier, and found an unresponsive 25-year-old man off the closed Sunnyside trail,” Tahoe Palisades told the SFGATE. “Ski Patrol administered life-saving efforts, and the man was transported via ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Our deepest sympathies go out to family and friends of the deceased.”

Palisades at Palisades

The iconic Palisades, looking fresh after the unexpected April storms last week. Photo: Palisades Tahoe.

The incident is still under investigation, but preliminary reports point to head trauma as the cause of death. Kye was apparently not wearing a helmet. This marks the third death at Palisades Tahoe this season. On January 29, a 74-year-old man from Olympic Valley (who remains unnamed) died after hitting a tree without a helmet. And on February 13, 16-year-old Scotty Lapp from Tahoe City, a member of the Palisades Tahoe Big Mountain Competition Team, died in a collision with another teen, a member of the Olympic Valley Freestyle Team.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article improperly stated the deceased’s name as “Kyle Moffat.” His name was Kye Moffat.


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