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A Snowboarder Death Reported In The Backcountry Near Mammoth Mountain, CA

Mammoth Mountain, CA - Credit: Šarūnas Burdulis [CC BY-SA 2.0]
It has been reported by the Mono County Sheriff's Office that a snowboarder was killed in an accident on March 19 in the backcountry not far from Mammoth Mountain.

On that afternoon local authorities received a 911 call reporting that a person had been seen falling from a cliff. Mono Country Paramedics and Mammoth Lakes Police and Fire Departments responded to the call. Paramedics and firefighters made the hike to the area but found the victim dead when they arrived.

The victim was identified as 31-year-old Justin Khoshnevis. According to the Mono County Sheriff's Office, "It appears that Khoshnevis, who was alone, came across the ridgeline from “Dragon’s Tail,” which is out of bounds from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He was possibly attempting to ride “Hole in the Wall,” a popular backcountry chute, but it is not accessible from that approach.". Khosnevis also came off his board, which was found in the path of his descent.

Local authorities urge everyone to be mindful of ski resort boundaries and to remember that if you should choose to cross into the backcountry that you are prepared to do so. This includes skiing/riding with a partner, knowing the area, and always have and know how to use all of the proper equipment.

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