Kamloops snowmobilers feeling the loss of Fridays fatal avalanche

By Jessica Lepp
January 30, 2016 - 9:06am Updated: January 30, 2016 - 11:58am

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Snowmobile Association is feeling the loss of five sledders killed in an avalanche near McBride Friday.

Member Bryan Reeves says the sport has a tight community  and many are left speechless after the traggic incident.

Reeves says, "we are thankful the other ones were extracted and are O.K. and safe because there was a multitude of them involved. We take these incidents serious and we always like to hear the story after, to see what we can learn from these incidents."

He admits there is always danger when snowmobiling but says there are ways to reduce the risk.

"We never ride anything past the lowest riding ability of the group. We check Avalanche.ca to monitor conditions and base our riding on the avalanche conditions."

Reeves says ironically tomorrow marks the Crowfoot Mountain Snowmobile Club's Avalanche Awareness Day.

On behalf of both snowmobile clubs, he extends condolences to the friends and family involved in Fridays deadly slide.


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