Yesenia Garcia-Ramirez of San Jose died while skiing at Homewood Mountain Resort earlier this week.
Garcia-Ramirez, 22, was skiing in an area that was populated by trees. The Placer County Sheriff's Department believes that the San Jose woman hit a tree while skiing on Wednesday morning. She was reportedly not wearing a helmet.
“Based on witness statements, that’s what the deputy at the scene surmised, that she hit a tree,” Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Michelle Baxter said this morning. “We have no evidence to the contrary.”
Baxter added that an autopsy had been performed on Garcia-Ramirez, but those results will not be made public for several months.
According to the Sheriff’s report, Garcia-Ramirez was found at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Homewood staff learned of a female skier that was unconscious on the Sunnyside run, which is located off the Quail lift, a triple chairlift on the southside of the mountain that accesses both beginner and expert terrain.
The Sunnyside trail is an intermediate run that loops around the perimeter of the Quail lift area and takes skiers and snowboarders back to Homewood’s South Lodge.
The Homewood Ski Patrol brought Garcia-Ramirez to the base of the mountain, where her care was transferred to paramedics dispatched by the North Tahoe Fire Department. She was later pronounced dead and was not transported to an area hospital.
This marks the first deadly incident of the year at Homewood, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Department.
Homewood is located on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, off Highway 89, about six miles south of Tahoe City. It’s known for its “neighborhood” atmosphere, beautiful views of nearby Lake Tahoe, and is a favorite mountain of local skiers and riders.
“The entire Homewood Mountain Resort family is deeply saddened by this incident and would like to express our condolences to the skier’s family,” a Homewood spokesperson said.