Initial reports stated that Alex Gautreaux was found 100 feet outside the Ski Park boundaries. That is technically correct, but Ski Park owner Chuck Young clarified that Alex was “in a place that is commonly used by all levels of skiers and ’boarders... a safe area to be.” Young said the Park grooms an area just below where Alex was found so riders can get back to the lift.

Alex Gautreaux, 23, of Mount Shasta, was found deceased Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at approximately 9 a.m. on the backside of the Mt. Shasta Ski Park's Coyote run, according to a press release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

Gautreaux, a 2006 Mount Shasta High School graduate and 2010 graduate of Humboldt State University, was located at approximately 6800 feet elevation, according to the report.

Initial reports stated that Gautreaux was found 100 feet outside the Ski Park boundaries. That is technically correct, but Ski Park owner Chuck Young clarified that Alex was “in a place that is commonly used by all levels of skiers and ’boarders... a safe area to be.” Young said the Park grooms an area just below where Alex was found so riders can get back to the lift.

The search for Gautreaux began Thursday night after he did not return from a snowboard outing at the Ski Park.

The Sheriff’s Department said cell phone technology was utilized “in conjunction with highly-trained volunteers and rescue personnel to locate Mr. Gautreaux. The search was hampered by hazardous environmental conditions, over two feet of fresh snowfall in the last few days, as well as a large search area.”

Sheriff Jon Lopey stated: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gautreaux family in this tragic time. We remained hopeful throughout the search mission that we would be able to return Alexander to his wife and family. I am extremely impressed and proud of the work that was done by everyone in this operation. We were assisted by so many allied agencies and private businesses such as the Ski Park that donated time, fuel and food to the operation. There is not an adequate way (we) could possibly show our gratitude to those that assisted and supported our SAR team, it was truly an amazing response and effort. Again, we would all like to express our condolences to the family of Alexander in this difficult time.”