Avalanche victim’s body recovered

Local Mounties and Search and Rescue specialists have recovered the body of the man who was killed by an avalanche on the backside of Mount Mackenzie on Friday afternoon.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said a group of  about five or six skiers crossed the resort’s clearly marked boundaries and were skiing in the backcountry near Greeley Lake when the avalanche swept over three of them. Two of the skiers were rescued but the third died. He could not say where the skiers were from.

The name of the deceased is not being released until Monday, Moskaluk said.

Canadian Avalanche Centre forecasts indicate a danger rating of High in the Selkirks and Monashees, meaning travel isn’t recommended in the alpine and at the treeline. The rating below the treeline is Considerable.

The rating also means that natural avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches are very likely.