A female backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche on Friday, April 11th, 2014 while skiing in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.
“The subject was fully buried in an avalanche for approximately 45 minutes,” said Shauna Speers, search and rescue manager
The avalanche occurred at 3:15pm on Friday on the southeast side of Fairy Meadows Lodge on the Gothics Glacier. The avalanche was triggered by the group while they were skinning up the slope that they triggered.
Her ski partners were able to dig her out after she was buried for 45 minutes. Two search and rescue personnel reached the area via helicopter and were unable to resucitate the deceased skier.
The deceased skier was flown to a Golden, B.C. and later Calgary.
This was the 15th avalanche fatality in Canada this year.
There have been 26 avalanche fatalities in the USA this year.