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2 heliskiers killed in avalanche near Revelstoke

Two guests of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) Heli Skiing were killed in an avalanche in the mountains near Revelstoke on January 23.

Rob Rohn, president and chief operating officer of CMH Heli-Skiing, released a statement on the company’s website to advise of the incident.

According to the statement, an avalanche occurred just before 2 p.m. on Monday January 23 near Mount McCrae in an area known as the “Chocolate Bunnies” near Revelstoke where three people were caught in the slide with two guests completely buried and one partially buried. guide.

The three buried individuals were located by their two-way radios and extracted from the snow. The CMH guides were able to deal with the two people who had been completely buried.

Both were airlifted to Kelowna Airport and then transported to Kelowna General Hospital, but both died.

According to the statement, the CMH guide is in stable condition at Kelowna General Hospital after being transported there overland from Revelstoke.

“It is impossible to put into words the grief we feel and the sadness shared by our guests, their families and all of our staff,” the statement read. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.”

The incident is currently under investigation by the BC Coroner’s Office and the RCMP.

This incident adds to the list of fatal avalanches in the Interior since the beginning of 2023.

Earlier in the weekend there were reports of the tragic death of a snowmobiler near Valemount on Saturday January 21st. The snowmobiler was from Grande Prairie, AB and was in “Bowl 3 in the Oasis snowmobile area south of Valemount,” according to Avalanche Canada. Avalanche fatality database. The runner was accompanied by a second, who was able to move away from the slide. When they located the buried victim, they did not respond. Avalanche Canada said the snow cover was flowing over a “faceted layer near the base of the snowpack,” which is the same snowpack that has been a problem since November’s Siberian vortex.

An avalanche near Kaslo claimed the lives of two people earlier in January. On January 9, two skiers accessed the Jardine SE3 area in the central Kootenays using snowmobiles. When the avalanche started, one of the skiers was buried under 1.5 to 2 meters of snow, according to Avalanche Canada. The second skier was rushed to hospital, but died 12 days later from his injuries.

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