Snowboarder May Be Prosecuted For Allegedly Triggering Avalanche
A snowboarder who got caught in an avalanche over the weekend and survived to tell the tale, may now be in trouble.
Christian Michael Mares was reportedly snowboarding in a closed off area of the Sugar Bowl Resort when he was swept away by the snow. The whole incident was captured on his GoPro camera in a video by ViralHog.
Authorities may prosecute Mares for allegedly triggering the avalanche, according to reports.
“The area is clearly marked as closed from both the Mt. Disney and Mt. Lincoln directions, and it is a very active avalanche area,” Sugar Bowl officials said. “As such, Mares put himself, his friends, ski patrol and the skiing public at risk.”
But Mares, 29, said he never saw any signs indicating the area was closed, the Sierra Sun reported.
“I didn’t duck any rope — there was no ropes to be ducked,” he said.
He added that he spoke with staff at Sugar Bowl on the day to let them know about the avalanche and no one ever mentioned prosecution. Contact ViralHog to use or license the source footage.