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Skier dies as B.C. avalanche risk remains high


The Canadian Press
February 24, 2013 — One skier in the Revelstoke area died Friday after being caught in an avalanche, and forecasters are warning of high avalanche risk for much of the province's mountains this weekend.


Saturday's avalanche risk
Saturday's avalanche risk

The body of an avalanche victim has been recovered near the Revelstoke Mountain Resort in B.C.

The man was skiing out of bounds with two others in the Greely Lake area, where the slide hit Friday afternoon. Poor weather conditions prevented a search and rescue crew from safely removing his body until Saturday.

The man, whose name will not be released until Monday after his family has been notified, had set out for the slopes with a group of five people.

Coroner Barb McLintock has said the two skiers who were not hit by the slide dug out the three skiers who were struck, but they were too late for one of the skiers who died.

A 34-year-old German man died in an avalanche near Invermere, B.C., on Monday, and the Canadian Avalanche Centre says there's a high danger rating for slides in many parts of the province this weekend.

The North Shore area was actually under an extreme warning -- the highest on the scale -- on Friday, and one skier on Cypress Mountain got lost, and was rescued by authorities after calling 911. 

According to the CAC, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches between 2000 and 2010. Snowmobiling accounts for the most avalanche fatalities.

The latest bulletins can be found online at avalanche.ca.

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