Two heli-skiers killed in avalanche near Revelstoke

Jan 24 2023, 7:25 pm

It’s been a deadly month in BC’s backcountry, as the number of people killed in an avalanche has now risen to five.

Two people died after their group was caught in a slide near Revelstoke on Monday, according to heli-skiing company CMH.

The company’s president, Rob Rohn, confirmed the two people who died were guests and were with a guide when the slide struck. The guests were fully buried in the snow, while the guide was only partially buried. Everyone was wearing a transceiver at the time.

“The two guests were flown to Kelowna airport and transported to Kelowna General Hospital, where both guests were sadly pronounced deceased. The third person, a CMH guide, is presently in stable condition and has been transferred by ground to Kelowna General Hospital from Revelstoke,” Rohn said in a statement on the website.

Avalanche Canada lists the Revelstoke area’s risk as considerable, as “several concerning layers exist in the snowpack that are producing large human triggered avalanches.”

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Avalanche Canada

BC’s deadly avalanches

It comes in the wake of several tragic avalanches in just a single month in the province.

Over the weekend, a snowmobiler died after they were caught in an avalanche near Valemount, according to Avalanche Canada. The victim was riding with another person when a remote-triggered avalanche was set off nearby. The other snowmobiler survived.

Two weeks ago, an avalanche near Kaslo killed one off-duty police officer, 43-year-old Constable Wade Tittemore, and left another, Constable Mathieu Nolet, critically injured.

Sadly, Notel, 28, died of his injuries in a hospital in Kelowna on Saturday morning.

The pair were backcountry skiing in a mountain pass north of Nelson when the large avalanche came down.

With files from Sar Anderson

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