Crews recover body of skier caught in B.C. avalanche
Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 6:57PM EST
Crews have recovered the body of a skier caught in an avalanche near Revelstoke Mountain Resort Friday, as avalanche danger warnings remained high through much of ski country due to poor weather conditions.
The man was one of three skiers skiing out of bounds in the area of Greely Lake when the slide hit sometime between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time, the BC Coroners Service said.
Two other skiers that were part of the group dug out two of those who were hit by the slide. However, they could not get to the third skier in time.
Search and rescue crews were only able to recover the man’s body Saturday due to poor weather conditions in the area. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
Avalanche danger ratings remained high in much of the province due to heavy snowfall and high winds on Saturday, with poor weather forecasted into Monday.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued ratings for Saturday that were either “high” or “considerable” in the South Coast, North and South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, Lizard Range, Sea-to-Sky and the South Rockies.
Under a “high” danger rating, “travel in avalanche terrain (is) not recommended,” the centre says. Natural avalanches are “likely,” while human-triggered avalanches are “very likely.”
With files from The Canadian Press