A dramatic rescue on Hollyburn Mountain at Cypress today where a skier was caught in an avalanche.
North Shore Rescue says a pair of men were skiing when they triggered the slide, which dragged one of them down 400 feet through trees, off a cliff, and into Tony Baker Gully.
NSR Team Leader Mike Danks says fortunately the men had come equipped with shovels, probes, and beacons.
“There’s no question that without their avalanche safety equipment, this man would not have survived the accident.”
The victim was buried under six feet of snow, and his friend set to work – managing to dig deep enough to expose the trapped skiers face so he could breathe.
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Rescuers responded by helicopter, long-lined the victim out.
NSR says because of the seriousness of the man’s injuries, they made the unusual decision to fly directly to Grand Bouleveard in North Vancouver, where he was transferred to paramedics.
He’s now in hospital in serious condition.
Tony Baker Gully, where the avalanche occurred, is named after a man who died in a slide while skiing out of bounds.
In December two skiers were rescued after being caught in an avalanche in the same area.
Avalanche Canada’s forecast for the day gave an avalanche danger rating of “Considerable” for Saturday on the South Coast, warning “while the light wind and lack of snowfall on Saturday may seam benign, the mountains are currently primed for human triggered avalanches.”
With files from Matt Lee