North Shore Rescue says a 27-year-old man is lucky to be alive after going out of bounds at the Cypress ski resort Friday afternoon.
NSR Team Leader Mike Danks says two Vancouver snowboarders went into off limit areas around noon, and they got separated.
One hiked uphill and made it back to the resort.
The other went downhill.
“He called West Van police, and told them he was going to continue down until he got to the road.”
“Very poor decision of continuing downhill. And he basically did that until he got to a point where he couldn’t go any further because he got to a waterfall. As crews were getting into the field, we got a call from him and it turns out he made it out which is very rare.”
“This guy got very lucky, he did lose his snowboard in the end but I think he did learn his lesson.”
Danks says the boarder made it to the highway with no injuries but he was in a dangerous position walking downhill.
“There are a number of waterfalls on that west side of cypress that are very, very dangerous and we’ve had a number of fatalities there.”
“People have actually walked right over that waterfall and unfortunately not survived. I think what saved this guy is daylight and he was able to see his way.”
Danks says this is another reminder why people shouldn’t go out of bounds.