A skier died in an incoming size 1 avalanche at Whistler Blackcomb Resort on Tuesday April 5. The avalanche occurred in the Westridge area on Whistler Mountain, an alpine bowl accessible via the Peak Chair.
Police said they were called shortly before 4 p.m. by “several skiers” who had located the victim. No other skiers were caught in the avalanche. “The snowpack in and around Whistler is currently unstable due to global warming and last week’s snowfall,” said Staff Sgt. Sascha Banks, in the RCMP news release.
“We recommend everyone check out your area before heading out on a backcountry or Whistler Blackcomb tour, know your skill level, travel plan, have the proper gear, and have friends with you. Our hearts go out to the family, friends and response team of the man found on Tuesday.
Whistler Blackcomb told Black Press Media that an active investigation is underway to determine the cause of the avalanche. Whistler had recently received over 50 cm of snow. Tuesday was the first day Westridge was open after the storm.
“Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of our guests,” said Geoff Buchheister, Whistler Blackcomb COO.
According to Avalanche Canada, the risk of avalanches in the Sea-to-Sky region was then considerable. Avalanche Canada only assesses backcountry conditions and does not comment on incoming avalanches. Always check avalanche conditions here Before leaving.