Two skiers escaped an avalanche without injury out of bounds on Blackcomb Mountain on Sunday (March 19).
Blackcomb Ski Patrol was called to the scene, on Husume Flank, adjacent to the Blackcomb Glacier, around 12:50 p.m. with reports that a human-triggered 1.5 avalanche had occurred. Officials say the slide was caused by a group of backcountry skiers who were returning in bounds from the out-of-bounds Corona Bowl.
The two skiers caught in the slide were carried down the slope and partially buried. They both managed to dig themselves out and neither was hurt. Patrol was not needed for the rescue, but they responded to the scene with an avalanche service dog and search teams. They determined no one else was involved.
Officials say the area saw around 4 cm of new snow in 24 hours and ski patrol had conducted avalanche work from a helicopter that morning. The avalanche risk was rated at considerable that day.
"Safety is of paramount concern at Whistler Blackcomb," WB said, in a release.
For more information on WB's safety initiatives visit whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/mountain-safety.
For more on avalanche safety visit avalanche.ca.