Avalanche victim identified as 29-year-old Alberta man
Incident happened in backcountry near Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
The victim of an avalanche near the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort was a 29-year-old Alberta man, according to RCMP.
In a press release Saturday, RCMP 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.
The victim was located in avalanche debris and transported to Golden Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
CBC News has confirmed with an organization near the resort that the victim was not wearing any avalanche safety gear.
That same organization confirmed the male victim was skiing with one other person at the time of the avalanche.
Both people were in the back country, outside of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Following the avalanche, it took emergency responders 50 to 60 minutes to dig the victim out, using probes to locate the body.
It is believed to be the first avalanche fatality of the season.
Danger rating 'considerable'
According to bulletins posted on the Canadian Avalanche Centre's website, the danger rating for alpine conditions in the Purcells is currently listed as considerable.
Conditions for treeline areas are listed as moderate.
The CAC says the combination of new snow and strong westerly winds have created dense wind slabs in exposed lee terrain and cross-loaded features.
Particularly in steep, unsupported terrain, rider triggering is a possibility, and any avalanche in the area would be expected to range in size from small to large.