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Ski Guide killed in avalanche near Fernie

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From the Calgary Herald:

A ski guide is dead after being buried in an avalanche early Saturday during a weather check near Fernie, leaving the close-knit mountainside community reeling with the loss of one of their own.

Heading up the mountain on a snowmobile to gather weather and snow information that would keep backcountry skiers safe, the guide was buried under 1.5 metres of snow just after 7 a.m.

The tragedy occurred along a flank of Mount Baldy, 1.5 kilometres northwest of Island Lake Lodge, where the guide worked...


Further details on Herald website:

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/...e416fa&k=49756

They announced her name on the news in Jasper tonight, but I didn't get it down.
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Yeah very sad, all of Fernie's heart goes out to friends and family. In Island lake's whole history 20 years now this is the first avi fatality. A total fluke, their weather station was in what they thought and has been a safe zone since day one. Baldy mountain, tree'd terrain that they ski when avi dangers are high. The slide must have been big, it ran uphill to get that weather station. Probably a once in 100 year avi, you just never know.
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horrible news. I'm sorry.

this seems to be a remarkable year in the number of avy-related and similar (treewell/deep snow pinned) snow deaths. an awful lot already, considering it's only mid-Jan and the big snows haven't really started yet in the northern Rockies -- it seems to me that they start about mid-Jan and go to late Feb.
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