Detailed Accident Report

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Date: 2002-02-10
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Mountains near Revelstoke, BC
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 2
Summary: 4 skiers caught, 2 injured, 2 buried and killed

An Official report will be posted from the CAA

When it is submitted.


Police names the three people killed in avalanches in Rockies on


February 11, 2002

JASPER, Alta. (CP) -- RCMP have identified an American and a Swiss as

the victims in an avalanche on Sunday. Kenneth James Peterson, 46, of

Parker, Colo., and Stefan Oswald Seiler, 37, of Lerman Switzerland, died in

an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C. while heli-skiing.

"There was an avalanche which took two lives, one of which is an

American fellow and another one is European," said Revelstoke RCMP Sgt.

Art Kleinsmith.

One of the survivors of the Revelstoke avalanche was treated for injuries at

the Revelstoke hospital and released while another was airlifted to hospital

in Kelowna, B.C., for further treatment.

Two heli-skiers die in avalanche near Revelstoke

VANCOUVER (CKNW) ? Two people died Sunday after being buried in an

avalanche near Revelstoke.

The avalanche struck around 1:30 p.m. Sunday as a group of four

heli-skiers descended a mountain. Two were caught in the slide and died.

The injured were airlifted to hospital by the chopper involved in the

skiing expedition. No names or hometowns have been released.

Less than two weeks ago, another avalanche killed three skiers in the

west Kootenays. The trio was part of a group of eight skiers from

western Washington State who were "ski touring" on Mount Carlyle.

The Revelstoke-based Canadian Avalanche Association says most commercial

operations, like heli-skiing outfits, have extremely high quality safety

programs in place. Association managing director Claire Israelson says

most commercial operators report snow and avalanche data on a daily

basis. However, Israelson says B.C.'s conditions can still be very


"Unfortunately, avalanche forecasting is not a perfect science. We've

got research scientists around the world helping us to unlock some of

those secrets."

Israelson recently called on the province to keep its funding for

warning systems for non-commercial, recreational adventurers. Between 10

and 14 avalanche fatalities occur each year in western Canada. February

and March are usually considered the worst months for avalanches in B.C.