Canada Skier dies after being caught in avalanche in Banff National Park

01:58  14 january  2020
01:58  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

BC: Unsettled, snowy pattern continues, avalanche threat high

  BC: Unsettled, snowy pattern continues, avalanche threat high Active weather continues for British Columbia, with an elevated avalanche threat.The incoming system will make it hard to tell when one system ends and another one begins over the next few days in the South Coast. Systems training one after the other will bring significant alpine snow and valley rain, along with the risk for a quick shot of snow for parts of the Lower Mainland. This active pattern will also keep the threat for avalanches high through at least midweek. We break down what you need to know below.

A skier was taken to hospital after an avalanche in the Lake Louise area. Parks Canada said three skiers were skiing on Mount Patterson, along the Icefields Parkway within Banff National Park near Bow Summit, when they were hit by a Size 2 avalanche while in a steep gully.

Two skiers were lucky to walk away uninjured after getting caught in a size two avalanche in Banff National Park , Canada over the weekend, reports Paul Clarke for rmoutlook.com. A size two avalanche has the destructive potential to bury, injure, or kill a person. The pair were making their

a flock of birds standing on top of a snow covered slope© Provided by The Canadian Press

BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Canada — Avalanche Canada says a skier who was caught in a snowslide on  Friday in Banff National Park has died from her injuries.

STARS Air Ambulance had said the 32-year old woman was flown to a Calgary hospital in life-threatening condition.

In an online report, Avalanche Canada says three skiers were on a south-facing slope of Mount Hector, north of Lake Louise, when the slide occurred.

They say a slab avalanche was triggered and ran for about 550 metres.

The report says the woman was caught and deeply buried by the debris before being dug out by the two other skiers.

Avalanche Canada says she died on Saturday.

The latest Parks Canada avalanche bulletin for Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay national parks says problems with the snowpack mean skiers must be conservative when selecting terrain and should manage group travel carefully.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2020

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