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Date: 2001-01-06
Submitted By: Frank W. Baumann
Place: Torpy Mountain near McGregor
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught buried and killed

Another snowmobiler has been killed in an avalanche near Prince George,

B.C. The accident happened on Saturday, January 6, 2001 near McGregor,

B.C., about 80 km northeast of Prince George. Four snowmobilers were

sledding in a bowl at Torpy Mountain when the slide came down from

above. Three snowmobilers managed to escape, but the fourth (a 32 year

old male from Prince George) was overwhelmed by the slide and totally

buried. His body was found several hours later. This appears to have

been another slide triggered by new snow resting on a dangerous, faceted

base. Experts continue to warn of the unstable snow conditions that are

present over much of British Columbia this year and every new storm

system seems to brings new reports of slides occurring in unusual

places. Despite widespread media coverage of the unusual avalanche

conditions, many winter recreationists are still not heeding these

warnings and staying out of potentially dangerous areas.

Frank W. Baumann