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Snowboarder killed in avalanche on Whistler Blackcomb ski hill

Global News logo Global News 2019-02-22 Sean Boynton
a group of people standing on top of a snow covered mountain: Whistler Blackcomb resort, where a skier was killed in an avalanche Thursday. © Stuart Dee / robertharding Whistler Blackcomb resort, where a skier was killed in an avalanche Thursday.

An avalanche killed a snowboarder within the Whistler Blackcomb ski areaThursday.

The resort confirmed a 42-year-old woman from New South Wales, Australia was caught in an avalanche along with her 36-year-old male companion in a permanently closed area above Lakeside Bowl on Blackcomb Mountain.

The couple survived the avalanche and managed to contact first responders, who rushed the female to the Whistler Health Care Centre.

Emergency Health Services confirmed they received a report of a patient enroute to Whistler Health Care Centre just before 2:30 p.m.

The woman later died from her injuries.

The male was later rescued from the area and is believed to be in stable condition.

Avalanche Canada has reported that a "skier" triggered an avalanche on "a steep, rocky, south-facing slope near Whistler," but would not give any further details.

The male and female triggered a Class 1 avalanche, Whistler Blackcomb said in a news release.

The slide came on the same day that Avalanche Canada issued a warning for the South Coast and Vancouver Island due to a weak snowpack and the possibility of fresh snowfall on Friday.

READ MORE: Avalanche warning issued for B.C.’s south coast, island as weak snowpack persists 

It said an avalanche could be triggered easily.

The warning is expected to last until at least Sunday.

With a file from Aaron McArthur

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