Man Survives 1,000-Foot Fall After Cornice Breaks in Revelstoke, B.C.

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This isn’t the cornice that broke in B.C. But, this photo is a great example of what not to do.

An Alberta snowmobiler was reportedly fell off a 1,000-foot cliff after a cornice he was standing on broke at 1pm on February 17th, 2014 on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke, Canada.  This is VERY hard to believe, but we are finding multiple media reports saying that he survived a 1,000 foot cliff fall.  Even the cops are reporting that they found a 44-year-old man at the bottom of a 1,000-foot cliff uninjured.

Avalanche debris on Boulder Mountain, B.C. in March, 2010.
Avalanche debris on Boulder Mountain, B.C. in March, 2010.

The guy who took the fall was found by his SPOT emergency messenger.  Several phone calls also reported his fall to police.  He as located and rescued via helicopter.

“Police wish to remind of the importance of back country safety and using available technologies to identify locations using such devices as handheld GPS, cell phones or SPOT devices.  The sooner a persons location can be determined, the sooner help can be on scene.” – RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky told the Revelstoke Times


The snowmobiler was reportedly riding in an area near Monster Bowl on Boulder Mountain when he got off his snowmobile and walked out onto a cornice.  The cornice broke and this guy fell 1,000 feet down, landed in snow, and was fine.  Whoa.

“He was taking a look at the view.  The cornice fell away and he just slid away with it.” – Staff-Sgt. Grabinsky

Boulder Mountain, B.C.
Boulder Mountain, B.C.

Grabinsky went on to say that he fell off the cliff, down a slope, bounced from “powder pillow to powder pillow” for a long way before hitting bottom.  Grabinsky said the fall was about 1,000-vertical-feet.

“He was very lucky he got to the bottom.” Grabinsky

Cornice anatomy 101
Cornice anatomy 101


A snowmobiler lost his life at this same Boulder Mountain in an avalanche over the weekend.

Don't walk out on these things.
Don’t walk out on these things.  photo:  john scurlock

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2 thoughts on “Man Survives 1,000-Foot Fall After Cornice Breaks in Revelstoke, B.C.

  1. I a very glad to hear the snowmobiler is OK. Having a spot is very useful, but having the knowledge and common sense to avoid being in that situation in the first would also be beneficial to him in the future. Ride safe and smart

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