Qua Peak in southern British Columbia was the site of a fatal backcountry skiing avalanche on Saturday. (image: Google Maps)

Skier Dies in B.C. Avalanche

Nelson (BC), Canada – An avalanche on Saturday morning in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, between Ymir and Nelson, has taken the life of a 32-year-old Alaska woman.

The unidentified victim, who lived in Anchorage, was skiing near Qua Peak in southern B.C. with two companions when the large avalanche struck, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). All three, said to be experienced backcountry skiers, deployed avalanche airbags.

Qua Peak in southern British Columbia was the site of a fatal backcountry skiing avalanche on Saturday. (image: Google Maps)
Qua Peak in southern British Columbia was the site of a fatal backcountry skiing avalanche on Saturday. (image: Google Maps)

The victim was located unconscious and unresponsive, and was transported to a hospital in Nelson where she was pronounced dead.

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death.

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