British Columbia

Skier dies at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort

A skier has died on Blackcomb Mountain, according to Whistler RCMP.

Woman was found unresponsive in a tree well

A skier has died on Blackcomb Mountain, according to Whistler, B.C. RCMP. (Manny Mendes Dos Santos)

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. 

With files from Chantelle Bellrichard