March 28th, 2009

Golden Avalanche Fatality

It has been confirmed that yesterday, March 27, 2009, a 50 year old Alberta resident was killed in an avalanche in the Silver Mines area south of Golden, BC.

At this time we understand that the man was sledding as part of a group of 9 in the zone near the popular Silent Pass snowmobiling area.

Guides from the Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) Bobbie Burns Lodge responded to the incident and provided medical assistance, as did Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR).  At this point there are limited other details concerning the incident although it is understood that the group were highmarking in the zone which is over 50km away from Parson, south of Golden.

The identity of the individual is not being released at this time pending notification of his next of kin.

The team at’s thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends, as well as the survivors from this accident.  We would also like to offer thanks to the volunteers and professionals who responded to this incident.

There have been 24 avalanche fatalities in Canada this season, 18 of
which have been snowmobilers.  The snowpack is fundamentaly weak this
season., along with the Canadian Avalanche Association,
urge people to be extremely careful when riding and use the avalanche
safety tools and programs available to them.  For more information
please visit the Canadian Avalanche Association website.