Lizard Range, British Columbia – On Monday, January 8, 2018 a 36-year-old backcountry skier from Alberta was killed on Mount McDermott in the Lizard Range near Fernie, British Columbia in Canada.
The victim was part of a larger group of backcountry skiers staying at a backcountry cabin. The victim went skiing with one other individual when they were both caught in the slide.
One skier was partially buried and able to self rescue. That skier initiated a rescue and located and recovered the victim. Unfortunately, the skier did not survive. Both skiers had the appropriate avalanche equipment.
Fernie SAR was notified of the incident. They assisted the remaining skiers out of the area and recovered the body.
HEADS UP. Avalanche cycle – Lizard Range west of Fernie. Reports of numerous avalanches up to size 3.5 running at all elevations & aspects. Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist in mountainous backcountry areas near Fernie right now. Avoid avalanche terrain at this time. pic.twitter.com/qanFGjEvdF
— Avalanche Canada (@avalancheca) January 9, 2018
We will try to update this post when more information is available.
See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018