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Northstar employee dies Sunday in ‘ski incident’ on trail at north Tahoe resort

A Northstar employee died Sunday on a beginner trail at the north Lake Tahoe resort.

The employee was identified as ski instructor Dennis Baltimore, 35, of Incline Village. While skiing down the “Village Run,” Baltimore took evasive action to avoid someone who lost control on some ice in front of him, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release. He veered to the left off the run through some trees and came to rest in a ditch.

Baltimore did not have a student with him at the time, and sheriff’s officials said he was wearing safety equipment, including a helmet.

It was the second snow-sport death reported Sunday in the Tahoe region. Earlier Sunday, a skier in his 60s who went missing in a Saturday avalanche was recovered by emergency workers near the Mount Rose Ski Resort northeast of Lake Tahoe

Northstar California, which is owned by the Colorado-based Vail Resorts, issued a brief statement.

“Northstar California Resort, Northstar Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends; we are all devastated by the loss of this member of our team,” said Nadia Guerriero, Northstar California Resort’s vice president and general manager, in the statement.

Two GoFundMe.com pages have been created since Sunday each asking for help with funeral expenses.

“It’s with great sadness to announce the death of my best friend, my lover and my partner in life,” Jillian Torrez wrote of Baltimore on the page she created.

On another page, Cayce Weislow identified herself as the mother of Baltimore’s daughter. She too asked people to contribute money for his burial.

“He died doing what he loved. It was his passion helping kids learn how to ski up at Northstar,” she wrote. “He was a great soul. He had an amazing outlook on life and lived it to the fullest.”

Northstar Ski Patrol was the first to respond to the accident. Northstar Fire Department provided additional emergency care before fire officials pronounced Baltimore dead.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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