A 48-year-old woman was found dead at the base of a 25-metre cliff at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on Wednesday afternoon, according to the RCMP.

The local woman was discovered by another skier in the West Ridge area on Whistler Mountain around 3:30 p.m. PT. said Sgt. Rob Knapton.

The West Ridge run sits above a steep band of cliffs that separates the lower sections of Whistler Bowl and West Bowl. It is accessed from the Peak Express Chair and is rated black diamond.

"It appears that she fell off the cliff or went over the cliff and suffered some significant injuries," said Knapton. "The information I have is that she was skiing alone."

"Whistler ski patrol and on-mountain physicians attended to the scene. However they were unable to resuscitate the woman," said Knapton.

Both police and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the incident, and further details, including the woman's identity, have not been released.

Knapton said this is the second death inside the boundaries of the ski resort this season.