Back country ski fatality near Kimberley

Victim described as experienced back country skier; fell 700 m when ridge gave away

  • Mar. 2, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Cpl. Chris Newel

Kimberley RCMP

A back country skier from Kimberley died as a result of an avalanche in the Meachan Creek area on Feb 28, 2015. Three experienced back country skiers were acceding Snow Crest Mountain when the incident occurred. They had skied up and were walking along a ridge when it gave way; the male fell approximately 700 meters and was initially reported missing by the other two. Search and Rescue along with a Police Dog were dispatched to the scene. Prior to their arrival the team learned the subject had been located deceased.

The three were experienced in the back country and had skied the route before. The Kimberley RCMP are assisting the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.