BC Avalanche Near Revelstoke Kills 1

Second deadly slide in a week

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The Revelstoke Mountains, site of a deadly avalanche.     Photo: Klim Levene/Flickr

A 24-year-old skier was killed in an avalanche on Friday on the backside of Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. He and four others were skiing out of bounds when three of them were caught in the slide. Two of them walked away uninjured, but the third was found dead.

Authorities have not released the identity of the skier who died, but the resort's general manager, Rob Elliott, said that the man was German and a staff member in the rentals department.

"He had been out in the backcountry quite often and he was pretty excited because, it being the touring mecca for Canada here, he was always out there every chance he could get," Elliott said.

The death marks the second deadly avalanche in Southeast British Columbia in a week. On Monday another German skier was killed in a slide while he and a group were heli-skiing on Jumbo Glacier. The Canadian Avalanche Centre had upgraded the avalanche risk to "High" on Friday after large wet snows covered "weak interface" layers from mid-February.

Via CBC News

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