Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: McBride Mountain area, Selkirk Mountains
Summary: 3 caught and buried, 1 injured, 2 killed
Two men dead, one injured after group caught in avalanche at B.C. ski hill
Saturday, March 04, 2006
NAKUSP, B.C. (CP) - Two skiers are dead and another is injured after an
avalanche at McBride Mountain in the B.C. Interior on Friday afternoon.
RCMP said all three were caught in the slide but one managed to dig
himself out. He called for assistance and then set about locating the
other two, only to find they had perished. The avalanche came down about
three kilometres east of the community of Fauquier.
The skiers were part of a group of 12 staying at Valkyr Lodge in the
Selkirk Mountains, said a release from the Back Country Lodges of B.C.
They were not accompanied by professional guides but were equipped with
avalanche beacons and other rescue equipment.
The man who escaped is being treated at the Nakusp hospital for
Nakusp is 400 kilometers east of Vancouver.
Valkyr Lodge co-owner Shelley Glasheen said the skier who escaped called
the base camp by satellite telephone.
Two helicopters with medical personnel were dispatched.
Both buried skiers were airlifted to Nakusp hospital where they were
The Canadian Avalanche Association says the slide danger in many areas
of the province is rated at high.