Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: Brian Robinson
Place: Tent Ridge, near Canmore
Summary: 1 skier caught buried and killed
Woman's Spirit Touched Many
Avalanche victim remembered for her love of life
by Joel Schlesinger, Canmroe Leader
The Canmore woman killed in an avalanche on Tent Ridge last week was a
sports enthusiast and an active member of the community, friends said.
When I sat down and looked through her photo album, I was amazed how much
she hiked and biked and did so many other activities in the community, said
Lynn Borrowman, who was Foster's supervisor at the Rec Centre pool. "we
were just getting to know her."
Chrystal Foster, 22, had just started to work full time as a lifeguard,
aquacize instrucdtor and program coordinator at the pool, when she died last
Monday (Jan. 17) while backcountry skiing on a U-shaped bowl on the upper
slopes of Tent Ridge in Kannanaskis Country.
She, her boyfriend and their dog were skiing in the early afternoon when
they were caught in a Class 3 avalanche.
"It was a pretty large size," siad George Field, a public safety specialist
for the Natural Resources Service, who was involvied in recovering Foster's
body. "It was strong enough to take a 1 1/2 ton truck and break and bend
The avalanche swept Foster and her common-law husband Ed Riep, 28, from the
alpine slope into a heavily treed area.
Riep got caught up in the trees and was unharmed. Foster died of severe
trauma when she was swept into the treed area on the mountain.
When Riep found Foister, she was already dead, Field said. He skied out of
the area, went to the Spray Rager Station - more than 30 km away - and
contacted the Natural Resources Service at about 3 p.m.
Kananaskis Public Safety officials were dispatched, but had to call off the
search that evening because of bad weather and the darkness.
"We knew where she was. We just couldn't get to her," Field said. "it was
fairly late in the day and we didn't have that much time."