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Date: 2006-03-03
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: McBride Mountain area, Selkirk Mountains
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 2
Summary: 3 caught and buried, 1 injured, 2 killed

***MEDIA REPORTS***

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.

Association

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

non-life-threatening injuries.

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

pronounced dead.

The Canadian Avalanche Association says the slide danger in many areas

of the province is rated at high.