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Date: 2000-03-13
Submitted By: Dominic Boucher
Place: Mt.Vallieres-de-Saint-Real, on the Gasp Peninsula
State: QB
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 2 skiers caught, 1 minor inuries, 1 killed

The event occued on Monday March 13, 2000 at 1430 on the north face of the mounts Vallieres-de-Saint-Real. A party of 6 backcountry skiers were on an old mining trail and crossed a gully. 2 of the decided to climb up the gully to get to a better view. The rest of the party, much more tired, decided to head back to the car. Because the edges of the gully were icy, the 2 guys decided to climb up the middle were the snow was thick. They climbed with their skis on their back. They got about 50 m and the avalanche started. The 2 guys were carried an unknown distance. The victim , a 40 year old man was carried down the right side of the gully into some trees. He was not buried. The other guy was carried further down by the avalanche and was partially buried with an ankle sprain. After digging himself out, he started to up the avalanche deposistion to recover his friend, thinking he was not caught by the avalanche, and he found him dead on the snow surface. He went back to his car and drove to the nearest phone 2 hours away and asked for help. The rescue brought back the victims body by midnight, almost 10 hours after the avalanche occured.