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Avalanche hits group of B.C. skiers

The avalanche occurred near Blackcomb mountain
The avalanche occurred near Blackcomb mountain

Staff writers

March 19, 2013 — A group of out-of-bound skiers were hit by an avalanche on Tuesday near Whistler's Blackcomb Mountain.

One man is recovering in hospital after being buried by an avalanche near Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C. late Tuesday morning.

A group of six were skiing outside marked boundaries when the accident occurred. The man spent several minutes under the snow, unconscious.

A rescue crew was sent to retrieve the group via helicopter.

According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the avalanche risk was "considerable" at the time of the accident.

Between 2000 and 2010, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches. Frequenting unmarked or out-of-bound areas can greatly increase the risk of being caught in a snow slide.

B.C. skiers are encouraged to check the forecast before heading out on the slopes.

With files from The Canadian Press

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