One person injured in avalanche near Golden on March 5

One person had to be airlifted to hospital after being caught in an avalanche near Golden, B.C. on March 5.

On March 5 at 10:15 a.m. an avalanche occurred below the tree line just east of the Sentry Lodge according to owner of Golden Alpine Holidays, John Bell . A single male from the United States was involved in the avalanche.

He was the third skier going down the slope in a group of seven before the estimated size two avalanche struck.

“He was located within five minutes with his face exposed and was promptly dug out,” Bell said.

Golden Search and Rescue was called to the scene at which time he was air lifted to the Golden and District Hospital.

Bell said that the male involved was now at a hospital in Calgary for observation and is being treated for a broken leg and possibly four broken ribs.

“Obviously it could have been a lot worse and he was with a larger group. The fact that he was only one of the seven tells me that everyone was doing the right thing in a deep snow situation.

Bell went on to explain he could not ever remember having an accident in the area where the skier was.