Friends have identified the man killed in an avalanche in B.C. on Friday as Shane Schroeder, 29.

In a press release issued Saturday, police said they received a report from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort around 2:30 p.m. MT Friday of an out-of-bounds avalanche.

One male was reported missing by a fellow snowboarder and Golden Search and Rescue Crews responded.

Schroeder, who had about 10 years of snowboarding experience, was out with friend Alex Lee when the avalanche hit. Lee was able to escape and find help.

Lee has since started a memorial page on Facebook to spread the word about Schroeder’s death.

“Yesterday was probably the hardest day in my life. I was with Shane when the [avalanche] occurred but was helpless to do anything,” writes Lee is a message on the page.

“Everybody needs to know that he saved my life.”

In the post, Lee said he called the rescue team, who brought in multiple ski patrollers, rescue dogs and equipment.

Earlier this weekend, there was some concern expressed that Schroeder's family would be saddled with a pricey bill to cover the rescue effort. Friends of Schroeder's immediately began a fundraising effort to help cover costs.

However, Shauna Speers, the president manager of Golden and District Search and Rescue, said all costs associated with the rescue effort will be reimbursed through the province.

The family has now asked that any money raised go to the Golden Search and Rescue team as a thank you.

Schroeder died doing what he loved

"[I'm] just comforted by the fact that he did go out doing what he loved," said friend Austen Tanney from Golden, B.C.

'They saw in him what I saw in him, which is positive, and love basically.'- Father, Len Schroeder

"He's already been on the hill 30 days this year, that's more than just about anybody, and he's got tons of experience. That's his favourite run he's ridden 400 or 500 times in his life. It's just a freak accident."

This sentiment was echoed by several posts on the memorial page as well.

“Shane Schroeder was an inspirational part of the snowboarding community who influenced everyone he met. He lived life to its fullest everyday and taught others the importance of laughter through his passion for snowboarding.”

"They saw in him what I saw in him, which is positive and love, basically," said Schroeder's father, Len Schroeder. "The only thing he never goofed off about was family."

Friends of Schroeder have also started a sticker campaign to raise awareness about avalanche safety.

They hope to plaster ski resorts across Canada and the United States with stickers reading, "Shane would go" in memory of Schroeder. 

Schroeder had been working as an electrician in Edmonton.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said Schroeder's family may have to pay for the costs of the rescue effort, which Lee estimated to be $30,000. A representative for Golden and District Search and Rescue has since clarified that all costs associated with the rescue will be covered by the province.
    Dec 22, 2013 11:42 AM MT