TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a San Francisco man in a snowboarding accident near Lake Tahoe either died from the impact of hitting a tree or suffocated when he landed headfirst in a snow bank.

   Nevada County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Schmidt released preliminary autopsy results on 30-year-old Jeffrey Halperin to the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday.

   Halperin was found unconscious in the trees near a ski trail at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee on Sunday morning. He had apparently become separated from a friend while snowboarding on the slopes.

   Halperin was air lifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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