Missing Snowboarder Dies After Falling Off Large Out-of-Bounds Cliff at Cypress Mt, B.C.

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Members of North Shore Rescue stage out of Sunset Marina, north of Horseshoe Bay, awaiting a break in the weather on Saturday to search for a missing snowboarder near Cypress Mountain Ski Area. (photo: North Shore Rescue)
North Shore Rescue at Sunset Marina, north of Horseshoe Bay, awaiting a break in the weather on Saturday to search for a missing snowboarder near Cypress Mountain Ski Area. (photo: North Shore Rescue)

A 40-year-old snowboarder was reported missing at Cypress Mountain, B.C., Canada on Friday around 6pm. 

That snowboarder was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in an out of bounds called Montizambert Creek drainage.  It appears he rode off the edge of the cliff.

In a statement released by the ski resort, Cypress Mountain spokesman, Joffrey Koeman, reported that the man and a female crossed a double rope line that marks the ski resort’s boundary around noon on Friday. 

“This is very sad for all of us at Cypress Mountain and we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends.  We thank North Shore Search and Rescue for their perseverence in carrying on this extended search in hopes of a better outcome.” – Joffrey Koeman

Map showing location of Cypress Mountain, B.C.
Map showing location of Cypress Mountain, B.C.

The deceased snowboarder was from Surrey, B.C.

North Shore Search and Rescue found the man and recovered his remains.

This incident highlights the need to be fully prepared when in the backcountry.  Do not go into the backcountry from a ski resort unless you are fully prepared, have all necessary gear, are fully educated in backcountry/avalanche terrain travel, and have at least one experienced, educated, strong, prepared, badass partner.

Cypress Mountain.  photo:  cypress
Cypress Mountain. photo: cypress

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