NEWS

Rescuers Recover B.C. Avalanche Victim

03/13/2012 05:26 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT
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Police have confirmed that the skier killed in an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C. on Sunday was a 33-year-old man from Calgary.

The man was backcountry skiing in a group of six below Ghost Peak when the slide hit and buried him. His companions dug him out, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deteriorating weather conditions meant search and rescue crews were unable to recover the man's body until Tuesday, leaving his companions, four from Calgary and one from Fernie, stuck at their camp in the Selkirk Mountains.

Revelstoke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen said the parties involved did not wish to be named, but all were experienced backcountry skiers and had equipped themselves to spend a week in the backcountry if necessary.

Avalanche centre extends special warning

This was the third avalanche death in the B.C. backcountry in a week.

On Tuesday, a 44-year-old Squamish man died when he was caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling near his home in Whistler.

A 33-year-old Alberta man was snowmobiling in Corbin, near Sparwood, when he was the victim of an avalanche on Friday.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a special avalanche warning on Friday, saying that slopes normally considered safe would be more prone to avalanches. On Monday, the centre extended that warning, saying high avalanche danger would remain until at least Wednesday.

The centre advised against travel in the Columbia Mountains, the south Rockies and the mountains along the South Coast.