Deadly Avalanche Triggered by Snowmobiles

REVELSTOKE, British Columbia, March 20 (UPI) — An avalanche triggered by an extreme form of snowmobiling called high-marking killed at least one person in British Columbia, Canadian police said Saturday.

The snow slide occurred Friday afternoon on Eagle Pass Mountain northwest of Revelstoke, The Province reported. Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it hit a group of 10 snowmobilers, killing a 30-year-old Calgary man and injuring one of his companions.

By Saturday morning, everyone else in the area had been accounted for.

Corporal Dan Moskaluk, a police spokesman, said the avalanche was apparently set off by two people racing up a steep slope on their machines or high-marking.

“In this instance the affected group had taken some precaution by placing themselves in a safe position to minimize the risk,” Moskaluk said Saturday. “It is evident that 100 percent of risk cannot be eliminated.”

The avalanche was the second fatal one near Revelstoke in a week. A slide on March 13 hit spectators at the Iron Mountain Shootout, an unauthorized snowmobile competition, killing two Alberta men.

Authorities are considering charges against the organizers, and Moskaluk told CTV parents who brought children to the event might also face charges.

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