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Date: 2000-03-26
Submitted By: Frank W. Baumann
Place: Powder Mountain, near Whistler
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 2 snowboarders caught, 1 buried and killed

The avalanche involved two snowboarders who were in the backcountry near

Powder Mountain, about 15 km west of Whistler, B.C. One person was

partially buried, but managed to extricate himself and start a

transceiver search for his fully buried partner. A number of

snowmobilers in the area also helped with the rescue and soon found the

missing snowboarder, and started CPR. However, a doctor flown to the

scene established that the victim had died of his injuries. The

Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Patrol had rated the avalanche danger as

"Moderate" but was warning that rising temperatures might increase the

hazard. The Canadian Avalanche Association had rated the hazard as

"Considerable" with pockets of "High" and was also warning of increasing

hazard due to rising temperatures.

Frank W. Baumann