The man was buried for roughly an hour before being extracted from the avalanche debris. He was airlifted to the resort’s medical hut and pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts there.
“None of the individuals were wearing avalanche safety equipment. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.” –Lake Louise Ski Resort
LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT STATEMENT:
Upon arriving on scene it was determined that a group of three entered the closed area and triggered a size 3 avalanche burying two individuals. One individual was partially buried and rescued, but another was fully buried and did not survive. None of the individuals were wearing avalanche safety equipment. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
This is also a serious reminder of the dangers of entering closed terrain. For more information on general avalanche safety and awareness go to www.avalanche.ca
AVALANCHE CANADA REPORT
Avalanche size/type: Size 3, Deep Persistent Slab
Elevation: 2550 m
Number caught: 2
Number deceased: 1
Description: A skier-triggered avalanche occurred in a closed area within the Lake Louise ski resort. Two people were caught. One was partially buried and survived. One was fully buried and did not survive.
The avalanche was reported to be 200 m wide and 550 m long with a crown depth of 40-50 cm.
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