05/07/2013 01:24 EDT | Updated 07/07/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta snowmobiler rides over cliff in northeastern B.C.

An Alberta snowmobiler died Sunday afternoon after his machine went over a cliff in a popular snowmobiling area of northeastern British Columbia.

The 49-year-old Valhalla man was snowmobiling with friends 70 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. at about 5:40 p.m. when he lost control of his machine and rode over a cliff face.

One of the members of the party used a satellite phone to call a friend who then called STARS for a helicopter rescue.

However, the man was declared dead at the scene.

The snowmobilers were driving up a mountain for the last run of the day, when the accident happened, said RCMP.

Tumbler Ridge is 650 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.