FERNIE, B.C. - The body of a 36-year-old Calgary man has been recovered from the site of an avalanche east of Fernie, B.C.

Police say the avalanche came down in the Lizard Mountain range on Monday afternoon.

The man was with a large group of back country skiers when he and another person split off to ski on their own.

Police say both people were caught in the slide -- one was able to get free to dig out the Calgary man, but he was already dead.

Both skiers were experienced and police say they were carrying appropriate equipment including transceivers and transmitters.

Fernie Search and Rescue technicians removed the remaining nine members of the ski group from the area and have recovered the body of the man, whose name hasn't been released.