Search for missing ski instructor suspended "indefinitely"

The search for a missing ski instructor near Sugar Bowl ski resort has been suspended indefinitely, the Placer County Sheriff's office tweeted today.

Crews had been looking for Carson May since he went missing Thursday.

According to KCRA, teams from the Bay Area were helping with the efforts, but the search was suspended Sunday due to bad weather.  Crews tried to use the ping from May's cell phone to locate him but it stopped sending signals before they could find him.

Avalanche danger made the search more challenging.  “We've identified six slides so far... and we believe those six slides came from a couple of days ago and they were in areas that we were not able to get into because of the dangers from last time,” said Sgt. Dave Hunt, Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Sugar Bowl resort's marketing director said May had spent three years as a mountain sports learning center ski school instructor and that he had season passes at Sugar Bowl before.  They said he was familiar with the area.

The rescue teams searched both inside Sugar Bowl's boundaries, and out of bounds.