Multiple deaths, injuries reported in avalanche near Invermere, B.C.


Posted March 1, 2023 8:39 pm Updated March 1, 2023 10:23 pm Backcountry enthusiasts are being warned of avalanche dangers in what is shaping up to be a particularly bad year for slides in British Columbia. Global News The Mayor of Invermere says multiple people are dead and several more injured in an avalanche near Invermere, B.C. on Wednesday. Al Miller told to Global News the exact number of deaths was still unknown.RK Heliski, the company involved in the incident, said nine guests and one guide were caught in the slide, which happened near the Panorama Mountain Resort, about 30 km southwest of Invermere.B.C. Emergency Health Services said it was called at 11:45 a.m. about the slide.Four ambulances were deployed to meet helicopters at Invermere, and transported four patients to hospital, it said.The severity of their injuries and whether anyone else was unaccounted for remains unclear. Trending Now Story continues below advertisement 2:25 Backcountry users warned of dangerous and unstable snowpack across B.C. Avalanche Canada confirmed preliminary reports of a slide near Invermere, but said it did not have further information.The organization currently lists the danger rating in the region’s alpine as “considerable.”“Steer clear of freshly wind loaded features. Wind slabs are expected to remain reactive to human triggers,” Avalanche Canada said on its website.“Avoid thin and rocky start zones, especially in the alpine and upper treeline where deeply buried weak layers remain concerning.”British Columbia is in the midst of one of its deadliest avalanche seasons in years, with nine fatalities already reported since the new year. Story continues below advertisement &copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. Sponsored content Flyers

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