Avalanche victim identified as Robson Gmoser

The Coroner's Service has confirmed that the victim of Tuesday's avalanche near Sorcerer Lodge is ski guide Robson Gmoser.

  • Mar. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche near Golden on March 10, 2015.

He was Robson Eras Gmoser, aged 45, from Hervie Heights, Alberta, a small community just outside Canmore.

Mr. Gmoser was a professional ski guide who was leading a trip based at Sorcerer Lodge, about 75 km northwest of Golden. Just before 5 p.m. on March 10, 2015, the group had returned to the lodge but Mr. Gmoser and an apprentice guide left the lodge again to check and prepare the area where they were planning to take the group the next day. While about 400 metres from the lodge, Mr. Gmoser was struck and buried by a slab avalanche.

After Mr. Gmoser was found and rescued, he was given immediate medical assistance by physicians who were staying at the lodge and was flown immediately to hospital in Golden, but he was not able to be resuscitated.

Tanis Dakin of Sorcerer Lodge said she and the lodge staff are shaken by the death of the skier.

“Our hearts go out to the family of our friend, and we will do all we can to support them at this very difficult time,” said Dakin.

The BC Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The family of Mr. Gmoser has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.