Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: Canadian Avalanche Centre
Place: near Blue River, British Columbia
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
Canadian Avalanche Centre
Avalanche Accident Information Report
Avalanche Fatality ? April 5, 2005 Blue River, British Columbia
On April 5, 2005 at approximately 12:00 pm a person was killed by an avalanche near Blue
River, British Columbia while helicopter skiing.
The avalanche occurred when the sixth person in a group of 12 skiers was skiing a slope. The
avalanche occurred on a north facing ridge feature. The avalanche was triggered by the skier and
released snow in an adjacent bowl. The slope had been previously skied by several groups. The
avalanche had two branches on opposite sides of the ridge. Initially, the first branch fractured on
the March 16 facet-crust interface before stepping down to the March 5 facet-crust interface
buried about 1m deep. The second branch on the other side of the ridge fractured between 110
cm and 180 cm deep. Combined the avalanche was a size 3.0 with a 300 m wide crown and ran
200 vertical meters.
The average slope angle at the fracture line was 45 degrees at 1890 m in the treeline vegetation
The avalanche debris was approximately 2m deep. The person was buried approximately 110 cm
deep about 2.5 m from the left hand flank. The person was quickly recovered and flown to a
Kamloops hospital for treatment of traumatic injuries. He died the following day.
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