Heli-skier dies in Selkirk Mountain avalanche
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A 45-year-old man died, and three others were rescued, in an avalanche last Friday during a guided heli-skiing run with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) in the Selkirk Mountain range southeast of Revelstoke, BC.
A preliminary investigation by the Revelstoke RCMP has found that the avalanche was triggered by one of the eleven skiers in the group on the “Selkirk” run in the Holyk Creek drainage area.
The avalanche was in the 2.5 class category with a fracture line at an approximate elevation of 1,850 metres on a south easterly slope, and ran for about 250 metres along a 75-metre-wide path.
Three of the skiers were pulled out of the avalanche unharmed. The dead skier had been completely buried under the snow and ice. He was eventually located via his avalanche transceiver and taken by a CMH crew to the Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke where he was prounced dead.
The dead man’s name has been withheld by police, who are continuing their investigation, until his next-of-kin have been notified of the tragedy.