A skier has died at the popular B.C. resort of Whistler Blackcomb.
RCMP say the 32-year-old Whistler resident became separated from her husband in a treed area on Blackcomb Mountain on Tuesday morning.
He reported her missing around 10:40 a.m. PT, the resort said in a statement.
The resort's ski patrol were searching for her when she was found unresponsive in a tree well near the Expressway and Last Resort runs in the Seventh Heaven area by a member of the public about 40 minutes later.
Blackcomb ski patrol, a mountain doctor, a paramedic and a nurse-practitioner attempted to resuscitate her, but police say she was pronounced dead on the mountain.
Skier was resort employee
The resort says the dead skier was an off-duty employee, although the resort wouldn't say in what capacity she worked there.
"Whistler Blackcomb wishes to express its sincerest condolences to friends, family and co-workers for this sad loss," the company said in a statement.
A tree well is an area of loose snow around the trunk of a tree enveloped in deep snow, and it can pose a danger to skiers and snowboarders.
In most cases, a skier would tip in head-first into a tree well, said Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair. If the sides of the tree well collapse on top of the skier, they could suffocate under the falling snow.