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Alberta skier killed in B.C. back country avalanche

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January 09, 2018 - 2:34 PM

FERNIE - The body of an Alberta man has been recovered after he was killed during an avalanche in the East Kootenays.

Southeast District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a news release today, Jan. 9, that Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue recovered the 36-year-old's body after the fatal avalanche yesterday.

At approximately 6 p.m. last night, Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue were notified of a fatal avalanche in the Lizard Mountain range east of Fernie.

The man, who has not been identified, was from Calgary.

"To date the investigation has revealed that the avalanche was triggered by back country skiers, with two individuals off skiing on their own at the time of the slide," Moskaluk says in the release. "Both were caught, one self rescued and dug the second out who was deceased."

Moskaluk says both the skiers were carrying appropriate equipment including transceiver/transmitter, a probe, and a shovel. They were both experienced.

After the avalanche, Fernie Search and Rescue removed the remaining nine members of the ski group out of the area to safety.

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate.

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