The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report that a 60-year-od skier died on Wednesday after falling 9-meters (30′) off a cliff at Big White ski resort near Kelowna, B.C.
“Witnesses advise the man was skiing when he crossed under a closed area rope and fell off a cliff and landed in the deep snow.” – RCMP
The RCMP believes the man may have suffered from a medical emergency at the time of the accident.
The RCMP reports that the man’s body was recovered in deep snow.
“In the 48 hours leading up to this tragic accident, there was about 50 centimetres of snow.” – Michael J. Balignall, senior vice president of marketing at Big White
The RCMP reports that ski patrol attempted to revive the man, but were unsuccessfull in their attempts.
“One of our ski school instructors saw it and called ski patrol who was there within two minutes,” said Ballingall. “A lift operator got there and started to dig him out. They applied CPR and got him to the Big White Fire Hall where he was worked on.” – Michael J. Balignall, senior vice president of marketing at Big White