Mother, son killed when snow falls from California condo

  • Mother, son killed when snow falls from California condo

Mother, son killed when snow falls from California condo

They were the third and fourth to die skiers at California resorts since a major snowstorm late last week.

They had been returning home from the slopes on Sunday when a chunk of snow about the size of a trailer fell from the roof of their vacation condo, burying them under about 3 feet of snow.

'It was a freak accident, ' said Undersheriff Spencer Pace. Large chunks of snow occasionally slide off of roofs injuring people, but Pace could not think of another fatal incident in his 30 years there.

They were last seen alive boarding a ski lift about 4 p.m. and were reported missing at 6:40 p.m. when they failed to return to the their condo as darkness descended on the area, officials said.

Several hours later, about 9 p.m., a neighbor noticed ski gloves on the snow along the side of the condominium and began to dig.

A neighbour called 911 after spotting ski gloves in the snow and realizing the mother and son were underneath.

Deputies determined after an investigation that Ms. Perkovic and her son returned to the Edelweiss condominium building by skiing a different route than before, taking them through a wooded area in the complex.

At some point they skied under a roof covered with snow, which then slid off and buried them, the Sheriff's Department stated.

Mom, son killed by snow falling from condo roofA 7-year-old boy killed along with his mother when snow buried them outside their Northern California mountain condo was a first grade student in San Francisco.

"Olga was a valuable member of our community at Zymergen, a trusted adviser, and most importantly, an old and close friend of mine and so many others", said Josh Hoffman, Zymergen CEO. "Our thoughts are with her husband David and her daughters, Sophie and Daria". She said the school has grief counselors on campus.

Ms. Perkovic was visiting Kirkwood with her mother and three children.

The avalanche occurred a day after a 42-year-old snowboarder died during a blizzard at the Squaw Valley resort.