4 Skiers/2 Dogs Rescued After Avalanche Near B.C. Ski Resort

4 Skiers/2 Dogs Rescued After Avalanche Near B.C. Ski Resort

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4 Skiers/2 Dogs Rescued After Avalanche Near B.C. Ski Resort

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“No one was fully buried, however two people were seriously injured and rescue toboggans were required as darkness prevented the use of helicopter long-line.” –Nelson Search and Rescue

Four people and two dogs were rescued from the east peak of Evening Ridge, outside the Whitewater Ski Resort’s area after an avalanche tore through the area last week.

Nelson Search and Rescue and the Whitewater Ski Patrol were called at about 3:30 p.m. Monday after reports of an avalanche in the area. CTV News reports the avalanche was measured at 2.5. Avalanche Canada’s information site says size two avalanches “are big enough to bury, injure or kill a person,” while size three “could bury and destroy a car, damage a truck, destroy a small building or break a few trees.” Nelson Search and Rescue said four people and two dogs were involved.

“With temperatures dropping below -20 C rescuers worked quickly to get everyone to safety. The rescue conducted in the dark, in steep, hazardous terrain involved over 25 volunteers and Whitewater staff.”

Two people were taken by ambulance to Trail Hospital for treatment late Monday night.

December 27, 2021 @ 3:30 pm: Nelson SAR and Whitewater Ski Patrol responded to an SOS activated following a size 2.5 avalanche outside of the Whitewater Ski area on the south face of the East Peak of Evening Ridge. 4 people and 2 dogs were involved in the avalanche. No one was fully buried, however 2 people were seriously injured and rescue toboggans were required as darkness prevented the use of helicopter long-line. With temperatures dropping below -20 rescuers worked quickly to get everyone to safety. The rescue conducted in the dark, in steep, hazardous terrain involved over 25 volunteers and Whitewater staff. Both subjects were transferred to BC Ambulance by 11 pm and taken to Trail Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

images from NelsonSearchAndRescue FB

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