The Golden Eagle Express gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett)

Golden skier dies at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The 30-year-old man was reported missing after he failed to meet up with a friend

An overdue skier died Sunday evening, Jan. 6, at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

RCMP were advised of a sudden death of a 30-year-old man, from Golden, within the boundaries of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

“He wasn’t in an area that we would have immediately seen him,” said Const. Spencer Lainchbury about why the skier wasn’t located before end-of-day patrols.

The man had been reported overdue by a friend, after missing a scheduled meet, said Lainchbury. The two had been skiing together that day, but were separated, and were supposed to meet, but the missing man never showed up.

“He contacted ski patrol, and that’s when they started doing the sweep,” Lainchbury said.

Resort staff then initiated a sweep of the hill and the man was found on one of the runs at about 7 p.m. RCMP had received the call for the missing skier just before 6 p.m.

The man was then rushed to paramedics, but they could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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