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The chairlifts at B.C.'s Whistler ski resort operate for sightseeing during the summer. ((CBC))

A 75-year-old woman has died after a chairlift accident Thursday in Whistler, B.C.

The woman was trying to board the Solar Coaster Express chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain at about 3:30 p.m. PT when she apparently fell four metres off a raised platform, said RCMP Sgt. Shawn Lemay.

Paramedics transported the woman to hospital, where she was declared dead, Lemay said.

He said the woman, whose name has not been released, was a tourist from elsewhere in Canada and was visiting Whistler with family members.

Although it's not skiing season at the Whistler Blackcomb resort, the chairlifts are still in operation for sightseeing.

Whistler is about 100 kilometres north of Vancouver.