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Ski resort seeks prosecution of snowboarder who they say triggered avalanche

Ski resort seeks prosecution of snowboarder who they say triggered avalanche

A California ski resort wants criminal charges against a snowboarder who allegedly triggered an avalanche Friday in a closed area at Donner Summit.

Snowboarder Christian Michael Mares gained attention after a YouTube video showed him tumbling in the avalanche at the Sugar Bowl Resort in Norden, Calif. Mares, who officials said was not a resort season pass holder, was wearing a GoPro camera.

“Yup, that just happened,” Mares said as he struggled to move from the fall.

Later on Facebook, he said, “Luckily I swam my way to the top and didn't get buried. I def got lucky.”

Resort officials said they investigated the incident and are now working...

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