Avalanches kill 2 skiers in Canadian backcountry

Reports of out western Canada show that warmer conditions have led to some fairly dangerous avalanche conditions for backcountry skiers.

The Associated Press reported that four heli-skiers were caught in an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C., on Friday. One of the skiers was killed after being completely buried in the slide. The others were rescued, The AP reported. The four were part of a group of 11 skiers and one guide, according to a report from the Revelstoke Times Review.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol said the avalanche was human-triggered.

This is the second avalanche fatality in British Columbia in a two-day span. On Thursday, ski patroller Duncan MacKenzie, 30, was killed in an avalanche near Pemberton, B.C., The AP reported.

The Canadian Broadcasting Company reports that avalanche conditions in British Columbia have been higher than normal because of unseasonably mild conditions.

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7088

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