One snowmobiler was killed and another hospitalized in an avalanche near Golden, B.C. yesterday. 2 other snowmobilers were also caught in the avalanche but escaped uninjured.
“Recent new snow and wind have deposited up to a metre of new snow across these regions that overlays a weak layer.”
“Our concern is that as the sun comes out this weekend, this weak layer will become more easily triggered. And with the amount of snow that’s on top of it we could be seeing some very large and dangerous avalanches.” – Avalanche Canada forecasting supervisor James Floyer said in the “special public avalanche warning’
The avalanche occurred in the Quartz Creek area northwest of Golden.
The deceased was a 30-year-old man from Calgary. The injured and 2 uninjured men were also all from Calgary.
Search and Rescue crews arrived by helicopter after an emergency GPS beacon was activated by the group of snowmobilers. The emergency message was sent just after noon MST on Saturday.
Glacier National Park in Canada (east of Revelstoke, B.C.) has also issued an Avalanche Warning.
7 people have died in avalanches in Canada this winter.
19 people have died in avalanche in the USA this winter.