On Saturday, January 18th, at 12:32pm Valemount, B.C. police were sent distress signals from several SPOT emergency beacons. The signals were coming from the Clemina Creek snowmobile area. At this location, a snowmobiler was caught by an avalanche, buried, and lost his life.
Search & Rescue teams confirmed that the man was deceased and had to leave the area due to avalanche danger.
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The Canadian Avalanche Center (CAC) had issued a special public avalanche warning over the weekend in British Columbia due to very high avalanche danger.
“the potential for very large natural and human-triggered avalanches failing deep in the snowpack.” – Karl Klassen, public avalanche warning service manager for CAC