A man dies in an avalanche on Mount Whistler

A 34-year-old man from Whistler, British Columbia, was killed Tuesday in an avalanche within the confines of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.

According to Vail Resorts, the company that owns Whistler Blackcomb, the “skiing incident” happened on Whistler Mountain in the West Ridge area and was followed by members of the ski patrol.

“We can confirm there was a size 1 avalanche within the boundary – an investigation is ongoing,” a Vail spokesperson said in an email.

CBC has contacted the Whistler RCMP for further details.

The West Ridge track sits above a strip of steep cliffs that separate the lower sections of Whistler Bowl and West Bowl. It is accessible from the Peak Express chair and is black diamond rated.

A long line of people was seen waiting for the lift to open on Tuesday morning due to a storm the day before which delivered a huge dump of fresh powder to the area.

Tourists at the base of Mount Whistler in March 2020. The deadly avalanche happened in the West Ridge area of ​​the mountain. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Avalanches are rated according to their destructive potential on a scale of one to five, with size 1 being the smallest, typically covering 10 to 30 meters in length with a volume of material around 100 cubic meters.

Avalanche Canada has listed the avalanche danger in the Sea to Sky region as “considerable” Tuesday in forest and alpine areas. The current rating for Thursday and Friday is high.

The name of the deceased man has not been released.

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