Austrian man killed in avalanche while heli-skiing north of Revelstoke, B.C.

A 52-year-old tourist from Austria has been killed in an avalanche north of Revelstoke, B.C.

52-year-old tourist engulfed after triggering avalanche

A search and rescue helicopter heads towards a deadly avalanche site in a March 14, 2010 photo near Revelstoke, B.C. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

A 52-year-old tourist from Austria has been killed in an avalanche north of Revelstoke, B.C.

The man was with a heli-skiing outfit about 100 kilometres north of Revelstoke in the North Columbia region of east-central British Columbia.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky says the victim was the third of five skiers in the group and was engulfed after triggering the slide.

Avalanche Canada currently lists the avalanche risk in that region as considerable at the treeline and above.

The risk evaluation means dangerous avalanche conditions exist, natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered slides are likely.

Grabinsky did not name the heli-skiing company involved or provide further details about the victim.