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Skier found dead after California avalanche

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  • Randall C. Davis of Tahoe City, California found dead
  • Friend alerted authorities after they got separated
  • Body found after avalanche under several feet of snow, officials says
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(CNN) -- A skier buried by an avalanche was found dead Christmas morning at a California ski resort, authorities said.

The 21-year-old victim was identified as Randall C. Davis of Tahoe City, California, according to a local coroner's news statement.

The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. after Davis and a friend rode a ski lift at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the statement said.

Davis' friend became concerned when the two got separated and alerted authorities that Davis was missing.

Authorities searched and found a fresh avalanche path and one ski in the last place where Davis had been seen.

They found Davis' body under several feet of snow, the statement said.

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