Skier dies in avalanche near Pemberton

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Whistler reports that a 42-year-old man from Squamish died Thursday after being swept away by an avalanche while skiing near Pemberton, British Columbia.

The RCMP explained that it was unable to find the victim’s body until noon Friday because of weather conditions that made it difficult to access Pebble Creek, where his group of skiers were.

The lack of daylight complicated the search until the next morning.

Sergeant Rob Knapton, RCMP

Some members of the group spent the night in a nearby shelter, while others skied further for help.

Sergeant Rob Knapton said the group of skiers were well prepared and had beacons to locate them.

He argues that no one is immune to the risk of avalanches, regardless of its preparation.

The coroner’s office has opened an investigation.

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