Canada avalanche catches skiers

2013-02-23 08:56

Revelstoke - Police say an avalanche that swept down the backside of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort in southeastern British Columbia caught three skiers, killing one of them.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Dan Moskaluk said the group was skiing in an out-of-bounds area when the avalanche happened on Friday.

Resort general manager Rob Elliot says the three were part of a group of five or six men.

Moskaluk says other members of the group were able to rescue two of the three people involved, but the third person was found dead.

The skiers were not immediately identified.

A series of weather systems has dumped heavy snow on many British Columbia mountains.