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Date: 2002-02-10
Submitted By: WWAN via canada.com
Place: Jasper National Park
State: AB
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and killed wearing a transciever

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Avalanche in Jasper National Park kills

snow boarder, two others escape

Canadian Press

Sunday, February 10, 2002

JASPER, Alta. (CP) - A snow

boarder was killed when he

was caught in a large

avalanche in the back country

of Jasper National Park on

Sunday, a park official

confirmed. Two others

escaped the avalanche and

tried to help the buried snow

boarder, but were unable to

find him for about 20 to 25

minutes, said Steve Blake,

public safety specialist with the

park's warden service.

They finally found the snow

boarder under about two

metres of snow, but were

unable to resusitate him,

Blake said.

The three snow boarders, all in their mid 20s, were fully equipped with

avalanche safety equipment, including transceivers and shovels.

"They were taking reasonable precautions given the terrain they were in,"

Blake said.

The slide occurred at an area known as Whistler Creek near Jasper's popular

Marmot Basin ski area.

"They used the ski lifts to get up a little higher and then they accessed the

back country," Blake said. "They were not in the ski area. They made a

conscious decision to enter the back country area of the park."

The avalanche danger was rated as considerable at the time, said Blake.

Edmonton resident Bruce Dickson, 44, was driving down from the ski hill at

Marmot Basin just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

"I thought avalanche when I saw the national parks vehicles go up (the hill),"

Dickson said.

"We passed an RCMP car . . . followed shortly behind by an ambulance, and

both vehicles had their emergency lights on. There were two parks vehicles

with their lights and sirens on."

Dickson said there were some large buildups of snow on the ridge.