A pair of 20-year-old snowboarders from Denmark spent more than 24 hours out of bounds on Whistler Mountain after getting lost in the Cake Hole area.
Roommates of the two seasonal residents reported the pair missing to Whistler RCMP on Saturday (Dec. 17) at about 5 p.m. — after they had already been missing overnight. The men had been seen last on Friday (Dec. 16) at 11:30 a.m. at the Roundhouse, said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.
The RCMP notified Whistler Search and Rescue, ski patrol, Whistler Blackcomb officials and grooming supervisors. As it was already after nightfall, a helicopter could not be dispatched, LeClair said.
While investigations were underway to track the men using their cell phone signals, the pair made their own way out at Function Junction at about 8 p.m. Saturday. The pair had gone into the Cake Hole area and eventually made it to Cheakamus Lake where they turned and walked the wrong way, LeClair said.
After spending the night on the lake they started walking the other way and eventually made it out unharmed.
Rescue beacon false alarm
An experienced backcountry user and trapper activated his SPOT beacon accidentally on Saturday, causing Pemberton Search and Rescue to launch an unnecessary search.
The trapper’s wife called Pemberton RCMP at about 5:15 p.m. to report that she received an emergency message two hours earlier that said, “If I don’t call in one hour, get help,” LeClair said.
The beacon’s location was plotted to be near his trapping cabin, about 27 kilometres along the Lillooet Forest Service Road. The man had planned an overnight trip to the cabin to check the trapping lines and he was equipped with supplies and dressed for the weather, LeClair said.
Pemberton Search and Rescue members travelled to his location by snowmobile, only to find him asleep in the cabin at about 10:40 p.m.
LeClair said backcountry users are asked to ensure beacons are used responsibly.
Drivers ticketed after crashes
Two drivers that caused crashes during slippery conditions last Wednesday (Dec. 14) received tickets for not driving at appropriate speeds for the conditions.
An 18-year-old Whistler woman lost control on Highway 99 just north of Nordic at about 5:45 p.m., crossing the centre line and hitting two other vehicles and the side rail. The crash resulted in snarled traffic, with a brief road closure then alternating single-lane traffic while the woman was cut out of the vehicle by the fire department.
The woman and another driver were taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre as a precautionary measure for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, as drivers took to Alta Lake Road to bypass the traffic jam, the driver of a pickup truck lost control there, causing a head-on collision. The northbound truck driver lost traction while rounding a corner and slid into oncoming traffic, LeClair said. The 20-year-old driver was ticketed.
No injuries were reported, though both vehicles had to be towed away as they were not drivable.
“Police would like to remind the public to slow down during inclement weather,” LeClair said.
Drunk damages cell
A 30-year-old Belgian man spent four days in jail in Whistler after damaging the fire suppression system and flooding the cell where he was being held while intoxicated.
On Friday at about 3:50 a.m. police were called to a residence in the 6500 block of Balsam Way. The complainant was trying to get his intoxicated friend into a taxi, but the cab driver refused to take the man because he was too drunk.
The Belgian man started to get aggressive with his friend and the driver, so police were called, LeClair said.
When officers arrived the man was lying in the driveway with a hoodie over his face. He didn’t cooperate with police and was arrested to be held until sober. While in custody he damaged the fire system, flooding the cellblock and causing about $600 in damage.
Because he was considered a flight risk a high bail was set that he couldn’t raise. So after spending four days in jail, he plead guilty to mischief under $5,000 on Monday (Dec. 19) and was sentenced to time already served and ordered to pay a restitution order of $600 to cover the damages.