Skiier dies after Whistler avalanche

By Global News
March 4, 2017 - 8:09pm

WHISTLER — Tragedy near Whistler today has claimed the life of a Vancouver man.

The man was caught in an avalanche at Callaghan Valley. 

Whistler Search and Rescue was called out to the Hanging Lake area of Mount Sproatt just after 11:00 AM this morning.

SAR manager Brad Sills told Global News that apparently a group of 14 skiiers were caught in the avalanche, with one person fully buried. 

Search and Rescue crews, along with two dogs, responded, and around 3:30 this afternoon, one of the dogs alerted crews, who found the skiier buried under 80 centimeters of snow.

Avalanche Canada reports "considerable" risk of avlanches in the Sea to Sky area, and Sills says skiiers and snowboarders need to be extremely cautious in the current conditions.

The identity of the victim hasn't been released.



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