A person suffers from a broken leg after an avalanche on Hollyburn Mountain near West Vancouver, North Shore Rescue confirms.
The injured backcountry skier was rescued from the ground on Monday afternoon when cloud cover hid the path of a helicopter.
“There was a lot of snow, it’s on a pretty steep slope. Fortunately, there is safe access so our team members were able to stay out of the avalanche area,” said Dave Barnett of North Shore Rescue.
Hollyburn Mountain is one of three on Cypresbjerg.
Footage taken by Global News shows more than a dozen rescuers using snowshoes and cross-country skis to get through almost white conditions on the mountain.
The injured recreational fighter was brought down on a stretcher.
“We used ropes to lower him safely, and that requires a lot of resources,” Barnett said, explaining the large number of rescuers involved in the mission.
Officials monitor avalanche risk in national parks
Barnett said the avalanche was “small”, possibly size 1.
According to WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, there are five sizes of avalanches, ranging from “small” to “extremely large.”
Between Sunday and Monday d. Avalanche Canada assessed the risk of alpine, tree line and avalanches below the tree line as “high” in the south coast region.
Avalanche Canada is a non-profit dedicated to public avalanche safety and is a partner of BC and Alberta provincial governments.
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