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Alpine Meadows Ski School Instructor Dies After Hitting Rock During Run

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Annalise Kjolhede (source: CaringBridge.org)

Annalise Kjolhede (source: CaringBridge.org)

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ALPINE MEADOWS (CBS) – An Alpine Meadows ski instructor died Tuesday after she hit a rock during a run over the weekend.

Annalise Kjolhede, 24, was skiing the mountain before the resort opened when the accident happened Saturday. She suffered serious neck and head injuries after running into a submerged rock and succumbed to her injuries at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno Tuesday night.

The Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol was on the mountain doing training during the accident and transported Kjolhede down the mountain.

Alpine Meadows released a statement saying, “Though she was part of our team but one season, Annalise was a valued member of Alpine Meadows’ Kids Ski School. Her outgoing personality, passion for working with kids and friendly nature will be remembered and missed by all of her friends and colleagues here at Squaw and Alpine. Her passing is a tragic loss for our team and community.”

Alpine Meadows said Kjolhede was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The ski resort doesn’t open to the public until Dec. 7.

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