One person has died in an avalanche in eastern British Columbia.
North District RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson confirms the victim died Friday when a slide came down on a group of snowmobilers south of Valemount in the Blue River area.
Saunderson says the identity of the victim is still being confirmed and information is limited, but the body has been recovered.
An Avalanche Canada special warning was posted last Thursday advising backcountry users that weak lower levels of the snowpack had raised the potential for an avalanche along several eastern B.C. mountain ranges.
❗️There's a special public avalanche warning in place for BC's interior mountain ranges. A weak layer exists at and below treeline in some interior regions which has the potential to catch people off guard.— Avalanche Canada (@avalancheca) February 7, 2019
Read the full warning for more info 👉https://t.co/3YQD7BvakR pic.twitter.com/M6qyuVI40F
Statistics posted by Avalanche Canada show the death is the fourth in B.C. this year.
Two Alberta sledders died southwest of Invermere on Jan. 12 and a skier was engulfed Jan. 3, in the Hurley River and Pebble Creek area northeast of Pemberton. (CFJC)
The Canadian Press