An Alberta man was buried by an avalanche while skiing this weekend near Sparwood, B.C., but his friends were able to dig him out alive.
Cops said five skiers were in backcountry area near the Coal Mountain Teck mine when they triggered an avalanche Sunday at 3:17 p.m.
"The avalanche reportedly buried one of the skiers. The other skiers were able to locate and rescue the male who was found alive but suffered a broken arm, bruises and was suffering from hypothermia," RCMP said in a statement Monday.
The Lethbridge man was taken to hospital in Fernie, B.C., and is expected to make a full recovery.
RCMP said he is "lucky to be alive."