Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: WWAN per Alberta.com
Place: Parker Ridge,near the Columbia Icefield
Summary: 3 skiers caught, 2 fully buried, 2 rescued, 1 killed
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Sunday , Jan 13, 2002
Park warden dies in hospital after avalanche
JASPER, Alta. (CP) - A mountain park warden died in a
Calgary hospital early Sunday after he and two colleagues
were buried in an avalanche south of this mountain resort
Mike Wynn, 37, originally from Ontario, died from injuries
sustained in the snowslide Saturday. The two other members
of the mountain park's avalanche team suffered
non-life-threatening injuries in the mid-afternoon mishap on
Parker Ridge, a popular back-country ski area near the
Columbia Icefield, 110 kilometres south of Jasper.
Park officials, who launched an investigation into the incident
Sunday, said the three had just finished conducting a "snow
profile" to update the park's backcountry ski report and were
skiing back to their vehicle when the avalanche hit
"All three were caught in the avalanche," said Jasper Park
spokesman Ifan Thomas.
He said warden Brad Romaniuk, 28, managed to dig himself
out and after summoning help on his radio he rescued Randy
Fingland, 43, about five minutes after the avalanche struck.
Thomas said Fingland was unconscious but he was revived
with artificial respiration.
He said Romaniuk then located Wynn through his radio
transceiver and dug him out within 25 minutes of the
Wynn, who was found unconscious and not breathing, was
given CPR and airlifted to hospital in Banff and later Calgary.
Thomas said Wynn had been with the warden service for two
decades and had worked in a number of parks before arriving
It was his second season on the park's avalanche team.
"He was regarded as very professional and very thorough and
very popular," Thomas said.
Wynn was married and had a young son.
All three men were experienced back-country skiers and were
equipped with radio transceivers, snow probes and avalanche
shovels, Thomas said.
While the accident shows how dangerous an avalanche can
be, it also demonstrates the importance of carrying such
avalanche safety equipment, he added.
He said it was mandatory for all park wardens to carry the
three items when skiing in the back-country.
? The Canadian Press, 2002
Sunday , Jan 13, 2002
Park wardens caught in avalanche
EDMONTON (Alberta.com) - Jasper Park wardens who were
testing for avalanche dangers narrowly escaped death when
they got buried under the very thing they were testing.
A third warden who escaped the avalanche dug them out.
One of the wardens was in critical condition in Foothills
Hospital in Calgary.
The second buried warden was in hospital with a broken leg
and the third man who escaped the avalanche was uninjured.
The three were conducting snow profile tests on Parker's
Ridge about 110 km south of Jasper near Hwy. 93 when
disaster struck about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, snow safety experts warned that the avalanche
hazard throughout the Rockies this weekend is considerable.
The snow pack has been overloaded by recent snow and
moisture, conditions that can easily trigger an avalanche.