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Fall from cliff kills snowboarder at B.C.'s Whistler Blackcomb ski resort

FILE PHOTO - Skiers and snowboarders brave the cold temperatures and high winds on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
January 08, 2021 - 8:26 AM

WHISTLER, B.C. - A snowboarder has died in an accident at the Whistler Blackcomb resort.

RCMP confirm the man, in his mid-20s, fell about 20 metres from a cliff at one of the highest points of the resort, Thursday morning.

Ski patrollers provided first aid and the man was airlifted to the clinic in Whistler but could not be saved.

Sgt. Sascha Banks says in a statement that the BC Coroners Service, RCMP and Whistler Blackcomb resort are all investigating.

This is the fourth death involving snow sports in the Sea-to-Sky region since Dec. 29 when two snowbikers were engulfed by an avalanche near Pemberton.

A skier died after falling into a tree well in the Whistler backcountry on Dec. 31.

“As we have seen in the past few weeks unfortunate incidents can happen to the most experienced adventurers," Banks says in the statement.

"Please take that extra moment, that extra check of your surroundings and ensure you have all your safety equipment."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2021.

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