Backcountry skier dies in avalanche just west of Golden

A backcountry skier was caught in an avalanche in Molars Bowl, and died shortly after being transported to hospital.

A backcountry skier has died in an an avalanche just west of Golden, in Molars Bowl, making it the second death accidental death in the area in less than two weeks.

At approximately 3:39 p.m. the Golden/Field RCMP received a report on an avalanche in Molars Bowl. It was reported that a group of backcountry skiers were caught in the avalanche, and one person was buried, according to a press release from Sgt. Try Durand.

The person was dug out by members of the ski party and CPR was started. Golden Search and Rescue attended the avalanche site by helicopter and extracted the buried skier.

He was flown directly to Golden General Hospital where doctors continued to work on him. The skier died from his injuries a short time later.

Investigation revealed the ski party was from the United States, but the names will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

On Dec. 27, a 27-year-old Calgary man died suddenly at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort after striking a post while sledding down a ski run after hours.

The investigation is still ongoing in this death.