Avalanche Kills Snowmobiler in British Columbia

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A snowmobiler stops to admire the view on top of Morfee Mountain near Mackenzie, B.C. | Photo courtesy RMTA.

A significant storm left up to 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) of fresh powder in the backcountry near Mackenzie, BC on Saturday.

A snowmobiler was killed. 

Avalanche Canada said that there were “very dangerous avalanche conditions” in the treeline and alpine at the time of the snowmobiler’s death last Saturday, Nov. 28. 

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, two people were snowmobiling in the Powder King/Bijoux Falls area when the slide happened just before 2 p.m. PT. One of the snowmobilers was buried in the snow, according to a statement released on Monday.

A search and rescue team, as well as avalanche-trained searchers from Prince George, B.C., later found the man dead, CBC Canada reports. 

RCMP said the man was 35-years-old and originally from Dawson Creek, B.C. His sledding partner was unhurt.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service is investigating the man’s death. RCMP did not release any further details.

The incident marks the first avalanche death of the 20/21 winter season in North America.

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