01-09-2006, 05:39 PM
Does anybody know who dide in the slide of Terminator ridge?
01-09-2006, 05:42 PM
1 killed, 4 injured in separate avalanches
Last updated Jan 9 2006 03:05 PM MST
A snowboarder was killed in an avalanche at Kicking Horse Saturday, and four skiers at Fernie were rescued from a slide on that hill Sunday, as the risk level on the slopes remains considerable.
Rescue teams recovered the body of the snowboarder Sunday, after the Golden-area resident was reported missing the night before.
His body was found by a rescue dog under snow and debris, on a slope that had been closed because of the avalanche danger.
"The area was within the boundaries of the resort. However, it was in an area that is clearly marked as a permanently closed avalanche area," Kicking Horse spokesman Michael Dalzell said. "And this area's never been opened at the resort."
Sunday afternoon, four people skiing within bounds at the Fernie Resort were caught when an avalanche that began out of bounds swept into the groomed area. Spokesman Matt Mosteller says they were partially buried in the slide, but were quickly rescued.
"There was a patrol member who was there, actually, in the same area, and was on site immediately to help those people out," Mosteller said.
He added that the in-bound area the avalanche hit had already been closed by the ski patrol.
The Canadian Avalanche Association says the risk of a slide in southeastern B.C. remains considerable, as the area has received a lot of new snow, after unfavourable conditions last month.
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"What we've had is a prolonged period of mild weather, with little precipitation through mid-November up to Christmas and it's created an icy crust in the snowpack about sort of halfway between the surface and the ground," Claire Israelson, executive director of the Canadian Avalanche Association, said. "And on that slippery ice crust, we are getting new snow, causing avalanches to occur."
Israelson said given the unstable snow, skiers and snowboarders should be careful to stay within bounds on the ski hills. He said there has only been one avalanche fatality in bounds at a resort in 40 years.
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