Snowmobiler killed in Avalanche near Chase

Snowmobiler killed in Avalanche near Chase

One person is dead after an Avalanche on Crowfoot Mountain just northeast of Chase.

John Schutt with Shuswap Search and Rescue says the victim wasn’t sledding alone when they were buried, though it’s not clear how large of a group they were with.

“There was more than one person riding together, and unfortunately this person has succumbed to an avalanche.”

Schutt says avalanche technicians have recovered the victim’s body and are now waiting for the coroner.

It has been a deadly season for avalanches in B.C. this year.

Last month, two men were killed in a pair of separate slides near Golden, and in January, avalanches killed a group of five snowmobilers near McBride and another near Prince George.

Schutt says his team was also deployed last week to recover a body from a deadly avalanche near Owl’s Head Mountain in Sicamous.

It comes amid a string of warnings from Avalanche Canada about dangerous conditions, and calls for better training for winter backcountry users.

More to come…

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