A skier died from their injuries after being caught in an avalanche at Pebble Creek near Pemberton on Thursday.
The 42-year-old man from Squamish was skiing with a group who was equipped and prepared for backcountry situations. They were reportedly staying at a backcountry cabin, possibly the Pebble Creek Hut.
Avalanche Canada issued multiple warnings this week that the conditions were “extreme” in many parts of western Canada. It’s not known if the skiers had access to updated avalanche reports.
“This group was properly equipped to be out there, and it just shows you that there is some inherent risk in the back country no matter how much equipment you have,” Sgt. Rob Knapton told CBC News.
“There’s nothing that indicates that this group did anything wrong actually, they were properly equipped, but it’s just one of these unfortunate things that happens.”
Avalanche conditions have improved, but always check the avalanche.ca before heading out. Be prepared and have the tools necessary to increase chances of survival.
“Knapton says the man’s family has been notified of the death and the BC Coroners Service is investigating,” reported CBC.