A Pemberton woman who worked as a Whistler ski guide died after being caught in an avalanche on Wednesday.
Whistler Blackcomb confirmed that the 49-year-old woman was one of their employees and that she was guiding a group of guests outside the resort’s boundaries.
“Today is a difficult day for the Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts family. We lost a well-loved member of our staff and community,” said Pete Sonntag, COO of Whistler Blackcomb. ”Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fellow employees and we extend them our deepest condolences.”
Whistler/Pemberton RCMP said they received word at 2:39 pm from a local heli-sking company that the incident had taken place in the area of South Creek, near Pemberton.
Search and Rescue teams were deployed to aid in the search along with police, “as the exact location could not be immediately established,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Jolaine Percival.
While efforts were being made to engage emergency services and search and rescue, information was received that the skier had been found and was being transported to the Whistler Health Centre in critical condition.
Police said that despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she was pronounced dead just after 4:30 pm.
The investigation continues and police said no further details are being released at this time, pending next-of-kin notification.
No other guests or employees were involved in the incident.