A snowmobiler is dead after an avalanche buried him in about two metres of snow.
His companions dug him out within 20 minutes and tried to keep him alive. It took 10 hours for help to arrive.
The avalanche happened near Tumbler Ridge, in a remote part of northeastern British Columbia on Sunday.
The victim was a 47-year-old Alberta man.
Physically fit, confident men between the ages of 25 to 30 are more at risk than women to get caught in a deadly avalanche, say researchers at the University of Calgary.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre is warning skiers and snowmobilers about the threat of slides in the backcountry. On another recent weekend, three people died in avalanches in B.C. and Alberta.
Although the risk of avalanches changes from day to day, it has been elevated for the past several weeks. In northwestern BC, torrential rain on top of heavy snow has pushed the avalanche risk to its highest rating - extreme. The CAC says the extreme danger covers the Terrace and Coastal backcountry in the alpine and through the treeline. The danger rating also means that Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace is closed until further notice.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison