Skier killed in B.C. avalanche

Revelstoke Mountain Resort in BC, Canada has the most vertical in North America at 5620 feet and is...

Revelstoke Mountain Resort in BC, Canada has the most vertical in North America at 5620 feet and is the only resort on the continent to offer lift skiing, heli-skiing, cat-skiing and backcountry skiing from one village base.Wednesday January 16, 2013. Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

CALGARY — One skier is dead following an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C., Friday afternoon.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk confirmed on Twitter one member from a group of skiers died when the avalanche came down on them while they were out of bounds at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

No further details have been provided by Mounties.

According to unconfirmed reports, it was a group of five skiers, three of whom were caught in the avalanche, local media said.

Those same reports say the person dead was the lone person buried -- the others were able to make their way back.

Friday afternoon, the Canadian Avalanche Centre website had the risk of avalanche in the Revelstoke area and much of the rest of the South Rockies listed as high.

damien.wood@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @SUNDamienWood


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