Conditions were dangerous on the weekend

One dead in Hellroaring avalanche; skier killed in slide near Revelstoke

  • Mar. 26, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Carolyn Grant

At press time Monday, the name of the victim of this past weekend’s avalanche had not been released.

BC Coroners Services Communications Officer Barb McLintock said that next of kin were still being informed on Monday.

One man died when a group of snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche in the Hellroaring area up the St. Mary Valley on Saturday. This was the same area as an avalanche four years ago which took the life of another Kimberley snowmobiler.

Avalanche conditions at the time of the deadly slide were listed as Considerable by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

A Considerable rating means dangerous avalanche conditions with careful snowpack evaluation required, cautious route finding and conservative decision making essential. It also means natural avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches very likely.