12/24/2014 09:20 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 05:59 EST

Snowmobiler rescued after avalanche near Whistler

A snowmobiler rescued his friend after the pair was caught up in an avalanche near Whistler, B.C.

The avalanche happened around 2:30 p.m. in the Brandywine Mountain and Grizzly Lake area, close to where another snowmobiler was killed two years ago.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said one of the snowmobilers was unhurt, but the other was buried under the snow for some period of time. He was dug out by his friend who spotted his avalanche air pack.

The buried rider regained consciousness, although he was nauseous and vomiting. 

When search and rescue crews arrived at the scene, the two friends had already left the area on their snowmobiles and gave a thumbs-up to the crew. 

LeClair added the buried man was encouraged to go to a hospital.