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Date: 2004-01-08
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Mount Justin-Mount Devine area
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 Skier caught, carried, partially buried, and killed

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U.S. skier killed in avalanche

Canadian Press

Friday, January 09, 2004

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - A back-country skier from the United States died Thursday after an avalanche carried him into a tree and down a mountainside, RCMP said.

The 46-year-old American was among a group of 12 skiers from Colorado who were accompanied by two guides in the Mount Justin-Mount Devine area, about 50 kilometres east of Revelstoke, said police.

The group was skiing about 500 metres from the Selkirk Lodge when the small slide carried the victim down the mountainside.

The avalanche was estimated at about 80 metres wide and ran for about 300 metres down the slope.

The victim struck a tree in the slide and suffered severe injuries and was left partially buried, RCMP Staff Sgt. Randy Brown said in a release.

A doctor in the group provided medical aid and a rescue helicopter was dispatched to the site. The skier was airlifted to Revelstoke and was pronounced dead at Queen Victoria Hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release the victim's name, saying family had to be notified first.

The other skiers were not hurt.

The Canadian Avalanche Association said the slide danger in the region Thursday was rated as high.