03/25/2013 05:25 EDT | Updated 05/25/2013 05:12 EDT

California man identified as victim of fatal skiing accident in southeast B.C.

KELOWNA, B.C. - A San Francisco-area man has been identified as the victim of a fatal skiing accident in southeast B.C.

The BC Coroners Service says 68-year-old Stanley Hegg, of Emeryville, Calif., died near the community of Nakusp on Thursday.

The man was taking a guided ski tour on Ferguson Mountain when he fell head-first into a well of snow below a tree.

While Hegg was quickly dug out by guides and other members of the group, he could not be revived.

The coroner and the RCMP continue to investigate his death.