'Krazy Canadian' snowmobiler Dan Davidoff killed in B.C. avalanche
Extreme snowmobiler was buried in an avalanche near his home in Castlegar and did not survive
His last post to Facebook was "Norm. Look I can fly, Lol." and he was famous for doing just that with his high-powered machines.
But sometime on Monday while out in the mountains alone, extreme snowmobiler Dan Davidoff, 45, was buried in an avalanche near his home in Castlegar and did not survive, the B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed.
He was born Daniel Joseph Davidoff, but earned the nickname "the Krazy Canadian" starring in a series of snowmobiling videos under the same name.
Davidoff was one of three snowmobilers who died on Monday in avalanches in B.C. The two others died in a separate avalanche further north near Blue River.
His exploits were legendary, and according to his own Facebook page Davidoff had been buried by snow before. The difference in the past was there was a film crew or fellow riders to dig him out.
On Monday, Davidoff was sledding alone at a cabin in the backcountry west of Castlegar — something the B.C. Snowmobile Federation does not recommend — and while crossing a slope, the snow above him gave way, burying him an avalanche.
When he failed to return home as scheduled, his family and friends launched a search on Monday and found his snowmobile in the avalanche debris near the College Creek Forestry Road.
The next day a search and rescue team arrived and found his body soon after they started looking.
Davidoff was the 12th snowmobiler to die this winter in an avalanche in B.C.
With files from Bob Keating