Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Haines, Takhinsha Mountains, Kicking Horse River drainage
Summary: 4 heliskiers caught, 2 seriously injured and 1 guide killed
A heliski group of 3 skiers and 2 snowboarders were on a narrow ridge when a section of the ridge collapsed sweeping 4 down the mountain. One skier was equipped with and deployed his airbag. He survived. Two others suffered serious injuries: 1 snowboarder suffered multiple femur fractures. One skier suffered a fractured hip, nose, and multiple facial and head lacerations. The guide, on snowboard, was killed.
This cornice collapse did not trigger a slab, but by definition -- moving snow -- is considered a type of avalanche.
Haines Avalanche Center:
4 Mar 2013, updated: 4 Apr 2013