Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Mountains near Revelstoke, BC
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.
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
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.