Alberta man dies in avalanche near Kicking Horse

The BC Coroners Service is investigating a fatal backcountry avalanche west of Golden.

A 29-year-old snowboarder from Alberta has died following an avalanche in eastern British Columbia.

Mounties say they received a call Friday from a rider who was with the man at the time of the avalanche, which happened in an out-of-bounds area near the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort just outside of Golden.

The rider who called for help had escaped unharmed.

RCMP and search-and-rescue teams responded and airlifted the victim to hospital in Golden.

The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was pronounced dead the same day and the coroner is investigating.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website lists the danger level in the Purcell Mountains as considerable in alpine areas, meaning human-triggered avalanches are likely.

More to follow as the information becomes available.

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