A 33-year-old Alberta man has been identified as the victim of an avalanche Friday near Sparwood in southeast B.C.
Steven Burke Hall of the central Alberta village of Birchcliff was among a party of six snowmobilers, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.
Three of them stopped for lunch while Hall and two others continued to ride uphill before Hall was swept away by the slide.
Hall was pronounced dead at the scene, and two others were taken to hospital.
The avalanche came within hours of the Canadian Avalanche Centre issuing a warning that weak layers of snow presented a danger of large slides across much of southern B.C.
The death is one of three that happened in B.C. avalanches in the past week.
A man died Sunday while backcountry skiing near Revelstoke.
On Tuesday a 44-year-old Squamish man died when he was caught in an avalanche near his home.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre warned Monday that high avalanche danger would remain for at least the next three days. The centre is advising against travel in the Columbia Mountains, the south Rockies and the mountains along the South Coast.
Earlier it had been reported that the deceased was a 35-year-old man from Red Deer, who was part of a party of seven snowmobilers. That information was incorrect.
Birchcliff is 30 kilometres northwest of Red Deer.
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