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Date: 2003-01-05
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Near the Red Mountain ski resort
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 out of bounds skier caught buried and killed

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Avalanche claims skier's life

WebPosted Jan 6 2003 12:07 PM PST

ROSSLAND, B.C. - A 20-year-old man has been killed in a large avalanche at the Red Mountain ski resort, near Rossland, B.C.

FROM JAN. 2, 2003: Storms trigger avalanche warning

Officials say Aaron Allibone of Rossland was filming two other skiers in an out-of-bounds part of the mountain on Sunday when the slide hit.

The other skiers escaped without injury.

Resort manager Jim Greene says it took rescuers 45 minutes to locate the victim under the snow.

Greene says the Allibone was rushed to hospital, but it was too late to save his life. "They performed CPR on him. He was taken via helicopter to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and we understand now that with his family by his side, he was taken off life support."

Greene says none of the skiers had an avalanche locator. He says having the right equipment can make the difference between life and death in the back country.

Avalanche conditions are listed as extremely hazardous throughout the B.C. Interior.

Highway 37A in northwestern B.C. has been closed until further notice because of the high avalanche hazard. The highway runs between the small communities of Stewart and Meziadin.