Skier dies in avalanche near Pemberton

PEMBERTON, B.C. — A skier has died in an avalanche in the backcountry near Pemberton, B.C., as officials warn the risk of slides remains high to extreme across the province and Alberta.

Mounties say a group of skiers were in the area of Pebble Creek on Thursday when the avalanche happened, burying one person.

Sgt. Rob Knapton says the other skiers found the person using their emergency beacon, but the skier did not survive.

He says after the group of skiers dug out the body, they went to a local cabin for the night.

He says weather conditions and flight restrictions prevented the RCMP and Pemberton Search and Rescue from accessing the area until just before noon Friday.

The deceased and the other skiers were flown back to Pemberton and police and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate.

RCMP say the group of skiers were experienced and properly equipped, but they’re reminding the public that if they go into the backcountry they should take precautions.


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