ALBERTA

Benjamin Thackeray Killed In Kananaskis Avalanche

02/16/2015 06:04 EST | Updated 04/19/2015 05:59 EDT
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CANMORE, Alta. - Mounties have released the name of a man killed while backcountry skiing in the Rockies west of Calgary.

Benjamin John Thackeray, who was 34, died as a result of injuries sustained in the snow slide Saturday in the Mount Black Prince area of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

RCMP say Thackeray, who lived in Canmore, was an avid skier who worked ski patrol at Nakiska Ski Resort and operated a rafting tour company in the summer months.

Police say Thackeray and four others with him were very experienced in backcountry skiing and were well equipped to mitigate avalanche risk.

Two were able to hike out to get help, while three were airlifted by helicopter from the side of the mountain to the staging area.

Officials with Parks Canada and Alberta Parks had issued a warning for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts to stay away from the backcountry due to unstable snow conditions that raised the avalanche risk to high over the weekend.

The warning has been extended until Tuesday.

It includes Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper national parks, as well as Alberta's Kananaskis Country.

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