Two skiers die in avalanche

The RCMP have said that three out of four skiers were buried after an avalanche was triggered near the Burnie Glacier in the Howson Range, 30 miles southwest of Smithers, at
4:45 p.m. on Feb. 26.

  • Mar. 2, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The RCMP have said that three out of four skiers were buried after an avalanche was triggered near the Burnie Glacier in the Howson Range, 30 miles southwest of Smithers, at 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 26.

The group was in a non-guided recreational ski touring group based at a commercial hut. The fourth skier dug out a 64-year-old male, who sustained minor injuries. These two skiers then dug out a 52-year-old female, who was found deceased.

According to Karen Wilson with Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue, rescuers have recovered the bodies of the 52-year-old woman and a 64-year-old male. RCMP said the deceased are in the hands of the BC Coroners Service.

The Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue were at the scene each of the past three days, however unstable conditions meant they were unable to conduct a recovery or begin a search for the missing skier immediately.

The two victims are from Regina, Saskatchewan and Canmore, Alberta. Next of kin have been notified however the RCMP are not releasing the names of the victims at this time.