The trails of Squaw Valley, California offer some of the most challenging skiing in the world. Squaw Valley is also the unofficial home of North America's greatest extreme skiers. But recently the definition of extreme has changed and the number of deaths among these skiers has increased.
When it comes to extreme skiing Shane McConkey was considered one of the most influential skiers. However, on March 26, 2009, 39-year-old McConkey's luck ran out. He and fellow extreme skier J.T. Holmes hiked to the top of a mountain deep in the Dolomite Alps of Italy.
McConkey sailed off a 1,300 foot cliff and had trouble releasing his bindings. By the time he opened his parachute it was too late.
Three years later, Rock Center correspondent Natalie Morales met up with McConkey's wife, Sherry, and friend J.T. Holmes, to investigate a cluster of deaths in an extraordinary ski community tucked high in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
Click here to watch Natalie Morales’ full report, ‘The Death Zone.’