Two dead in avalancheUPDATED: 2009-03-07 18:20:44 MST
By Sun Media
GOLDEN, B.C. -- Tragedy has struck Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the town of Golden, B.C., again after two men were killed by an avalanche while skiing in bounds Saturday.
RCMP Sgt. Marko Shehovac said four people were skiing within the boundaries of an area called the Feuz Bowl, considered an avalanche-closed area, when the slide occurred about 2:30 p.m.
"Two people were able to get out, two males are deceased," said Shehovac.
The two men who were able to escape were not related to the other men.
"They just happened to be in the same area," said the officer, adding RCMP were notified after witnesses reported the avalanche.
"Some people saw it happen and were able to report it to the ski hill," he said.
The avalanche comes a little more than a week after Quebecer Gilles Blackburn, 51, was rescued from the back country where he spent nine days lost in the wilderness after he and his wife Marie-Josee Fortin, 44, skied out of bounds from the resort.
Mounties have admitted errors were made in not launching a search sooner after multiple sightings of Blackburn’s SOS signs were ignored.
Fortin died before the couple could be rescued.
Sad news. It sounds as though these guys were skiing in closed in-bounds. Best wishes for their friends and families, but I sure hope people will make decisions in the future that will make these stories less common.