The coroners service has identified two men killed in separate incidents in British Columbia's backcountry on the weekend.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cale Jack was buried in a huge avalanche near Salmo, B.C., on Sunday. The Nelson resident was among a group of four people who went skiing in an area called the Twin Lakes, near the summit of Kootenay Pass.

A slide hit Jack and a female companion, who was seriously injured and transported to hospital after a dramatic rescue. Jack was located but could not be resuscitated.

In a separate incident near Pemberton, a snowboarder was found unconscious and could not be revived. He has been identified as Jonathan Unger, 29, of Whistler.

Unger was part of a group that was skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling on a rural forestry road. When he failed to meet up with another member of his group in the late afternoon, that person immediately began a search for him.

Unger was found in a tree well in an area with about a metre-and-a-half of fresh snow.

Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The coroner's service and RCMP are investigating both deaths
 

the Canadian Press