According to an Avalanche Canada report, a group of snowmobilers were on Mount Brewer in the Purcell Mountains when an avalanche engulfed two of the riders.
One snowmobiler was found deceased buried two meters underneath the snow with an activated airbag, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the victim.
The other is still missing but a transceiver signal was located at the bottom of the avalanche on a lake.
Avalanche Canada says the avalanche was around 400 meters wide and reached lengths of up to one kilometre long. They call the avalanche a ‘Deep Persistent Slab’ avalanche. This occurs when two layers of snow from different snowfalls in the winter season slip due to warmer temperatures.
Avalanche Canada still has an avalanche warning in the Purcell Mountains. The warning states that there is a high risk of avalanche in the alpine elevations, and a considerable risk in the treeline elevation.
Avalanche Canada’s Communication Director says that avalanche conditions are too hard to predict whether or not the conditions are too dangerous for experienced backcountry enthusiasts.