Snowmobiler dead following collapse of snow ledge near Whistler - InfoNews

Current Conditions


Snowmobiler dead following collapse of snow ledge near Whistler

Image Credit: Shutterstock
February 12, 2018 - 3:30 PM

WHISTLER, B.C. - A snowmobiler has died after a snow ledge fell from under him near Whistler, B.C.

RCMP say a 52-year-old man from Nanaimo was driving a snowmobile in the area of Mount Callaghan near Callaghan Lake Provincial Park on Saturday.

Officers were notified that the snowmobiler had fallen when he stopped on a cornice, or a snow ledge, which collapsed, sweeping him down a slope.

The man fell roughly 75 metres and was partially buried in snow, and police say other snowmobilers in the area dug him out and began CPR until rescuers arrived.

Police say despite the effort, the man was pronounced dead at the scene and the coroner's service is now investigating.

Mounties are warning people heading into the backcountry to be cautious around cornices by keeping a safe distance from the edges of cliffs and also be wary of the risk for avalanches.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2018
The Canadian Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Police search for missing Kelowna woman
    KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 27-year-old woman. RCMP say Joenna Saunders was last heard from on Nov. 27. She was reported missing on Dec.
  • Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971
    ST. ALBERT, Alta. - A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned wh
  • Water quality advisory in effect in North Okanagan
    NORTH OKANAGAN - The district has issued a water quality advisory for the North Okanagan. The Regional District of North Okanagan Silver Star Water Utility in conjunction with Interior Healt
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue respond to McDonalds deep fryer fire
    KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops McDonalds was temporarily closed last night due to a small deep fryer fire. Kamloops Fire Rescue arrived at the McDonalds location in Sahali at about 11:30 p.m. last ni
  • Vernon fast food restaurant held up by man with syringe
    VERNON - RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect after a robbery at a Vernon restaurant earlier this week. A man threatened staff with an allegedly contaminated needle on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Wr
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile