Photo of Trevor Sexsmith from Facebook.
According to the Calgary Herald, 27-year-old Trevor Sexsmith died in an avalanche on Mt. Victoria in Banff National Park on Sunday.
Sexmith and his ski partner set out in the morning to ski Mt. Victoria but turned around mid-way due to strong wind and bad weather. They descended the same route they climbed.
As they descended, Sexsmith was caught in a small slab avalanche that carried him a few hundred meters before it swept him off a cliff. Sexmith's partner got to him right away, but there were no signs of life.
Here's where the avalanche released. Parks Canada photo.
Tim Haggarty, visitor safety specialist with Parks Canada, told the Herald that the two were both experienced skiers and well respected in the community.
A recovery team moved fast on Monday and got him off the mountain in a couple of hours despite the extremely poor weather and dangerous conditions.
The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides has issued a warning on its site, saying strong winds in the area have stripped away any soft snow and created wind slabs which appear to be easily triggered.
Global News wrote about Trevor, his personality, and how skiing changed him from a quiet introvert to a passionate outdoor enthusiast who truly came alive on his skis. Check it out here.
Check out his most recent edit from skiing in Jasper National Park from just one week ago.
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