24-year-old freeskier dies after fall at Alpine Meadows

Annalise Kjolhede was Kids Ski School instructor
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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A 24-year-old Alpine Meadows ski instructor died Tuesday night after sustaining a head injury during a fall while free skiing at Alpine Meadows on Saturday, according to a statement released by the resort Thursday afternoon.

Annalise Kjolhede, 24, had been entering her second season working at the resort. She was an instructor with the Alpine Meadows Kids Ski School.

Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol mobilized a snowcat and arrived on scene 25 minutes after receiving a 911 call reporting the accident, and she was transported to Renown Health via Careflight, according to the resort. A spokesperson said Kjolhede had been skiing with friends at the time.

“Annalise sustained a head injury when she fell and collided with a rock outcropping at the bottom of Wolverine Bowl,” the statement said. “She was wearing a helmet but she sustained injures to an unprotected part of her head.”

Alpine Meadows was closed when the incident happened and is scheduled to open Dec. 7. Ski patrol had been conducting preseason training at the resort in conjunction with the North Tahoe Fire Department at the time of the emergency call.

“Though she was part of our team but one season, Annalise was a valued member of Alpine Meadow’s 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 (Valley) and Alpine.  Her passing is a tragic loss for our team and community,” the resort said in a statement.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Annalise’s friends and family during this difficult time.”

Kjolhede graduated from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, according to the Campus Times, the university’s student newspaper.


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