Injured skier airlifted to safety after Vancouver Island avalanche
A warning sign for avalanches is shown on a ski mountain in B.C.
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 6:53AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:46AM EST
An 18-year-old skier has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in a small avalanche in Vancouver Island’s backcountry.
The teen was part of a ski-tour group touring the mountainous Strathcona Provincial Park, located in the centre of Vancouver Island on Tuesday.
The skier suffered a lower leg injury during the slide, but no one else in the group of four – with its members aging 18 to 30 years of age – was injured.
The avalanche occurred Tuesday afternoon in an area just west of the Mount Washington Alpine Resort boundaries.
It is believed the skiers used a cellphone to call for help, but difficult weather conditions hampered search-and-rescue efforts. As a result, a helicopter from nearby Comox, B.C., was called in to airlift the group out.
The avalanche conditions were listed as considerable at the time, however officials say the group was well-prepared for the conditions.
The avalanche was triggered in part by a powerful winter storm that hit much of lower British Columbia on Tuesday, wreaking havoc on the roads.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre notes that avalanche warnings for most of lower B.C. remain either “considerable” or “high.”
With files from CTV’s Brent Shearer