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Skier killed in avalanche northwest of Banff

A skier is dead after triggering an avalanche on a mountain northwest of Banff, Alta.

Avalanche Canada said a solo skier skied off the shoulder of Cathedral Mountain on to a slope known as Cathedral Glades.

The skier triggered a size 2.5 avalanche, according to Avalanche Canada.

According to a report on Avalanche Canada’s website, the incident date is based on a professional observation made on Saturday morning, which suggested the avalanche was about 12 hours old at the time.

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The victim, whose identity has not been released, was not reported missing until late in the day on Monday.

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Rescuers were able to locate the victim by air, because a ski was visible. Rescue crews found the skier partially burred in the snow. A boot was also visible on the surface of the snow.

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Avalanche Canada said a transceiver was found switched off in the skier’s backpack.

Long range view of Cathedral Mountain with the avalanche crown visible above the trees on the shoulder. Credit / Avalanche Canada
Close up view of the avalanche start zone and crown. Credit / Avalanche Canada

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