Skier killed in avalanche near Fernie in southeast BC

Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue have recover the body of a 36 year old male from Alberta who died in an avalanche on Monday. This is the second avalanche related death in the past 8 days.

TMTV.NET (RCMP RELEASE) – On Monday, January 8, 2017 at approximately 6pm, the Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue were notified of a fatal avalanche that occurred in the Lizard Mountain range east of Fernie Monday afternoon. Searchers have located and recovered the body of a 36 year old male from Calgary, Alberta who died in the avalanche.

To date the investigation has revealed that the avalanche was triggered by back country skiers, with two individuals off skiing on their own at the time of the slide. Both were caught, one self rescued and dug the second out who was deceased. Both were carrying appropriate equipment including transceiver/transmitter, probe and shovel and were experienced.

Fernie Search and Rescue technicians removed the remaining 9 members of the ski group out of the area to safety and have completed the recovery of the deceased.

The BC Corner Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate the incident. No further information is being released.

An avalanche on Dec 31 claimed the life of an out-of-province woman in her 30s on Kootenay Pass. 

Avalanche Canada is warning of the current dangers in the back country due to the unstable snowpack and recent heavy snowfall.