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Avalanche Kills B.C. Backcountry Skier


February 19, 2010 — Four people have now been killed by avalanches in British Columbia this winter. A special avalanche warning remains in effect for this weekend.

A medical doctor has died after getting caught in an avalanche in British Columbia's southern Interior.

He was with two other skiers in the back country when the slide came crashing down. They were in the Trophy Mountain area north of Kamloops.

According to the RCMP, all three skiers were caught in the avalanche. One was able to dig himself out, and then get to the other two. 48-year-old Ifor Thomas later died of his injuries.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre says that the snow-pack in the mountains is 'extremely volatile' because of several weak upper layers. Yesterday, they issued a special avalanche warning for a large part of the province.

It covers the Columbia mountains from the U-S border tosouth of Prince George and the south coast mountains from Pemberton to Lillooet.

The warning does NOT include Whistler or Greater Vancouver.

Anyone who likes to ski or snowboard in the back country is being advised to stick to simple, low-angle areas.

The warning will be in effect throughout the weekend.

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