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Whistler Blackcomb heli-skiing guide dies after avalanche

A 49-year-old Whistler Blackcomb heli-skiing guide has died after an avalanche on Wednesday.

49-year-old from Pemberton, B.C., died Wednesday, resort confirms

A guide with Whistler Blackcomb died after an incident during a tour on Wednesday, the resort confirmed. (Coast Mountain Photography)

A 49-year-old Whistler Blackcomb heli-skiing guide has died after an avalanche on Wednesday.

RCMP said the woman was buried in the slide in the South Creek backcountry area of Pemberton just after 2:30 p.m. The resort said she was with a group of guests at the time.

The guide, who lived in Pemberton, was taken to Whistler Medical Clinic after receiving first aid treatment in the field but died later that afternoon.

None of the people on the tour were hurt.

"Today is a difficult day for the Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts family. We lost a well loved member of our staff and community," said Pete Sonntag, chief operating officer of Whistler Blackcomb.

"Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fellow employees and we extend them our deepest condolences."