A man was airlifted to Trail last week after being caught in an avalanche near Whitewater, a ski resort 21 km southeast of Nelson, pictured above. File photo

Avalanche sends skier to hospital

The incident occurred last week northwest of Whitewater

A skier had to be rescued and airlifted to Trail after being caught in a backcountry avalanche last week.

The 30-year-old man from France was with two others when he triggered an avalanche on a steep open slope on Thursday, according to a release by Whitewater Ski Resort.

Although the incident didn’t occur at the resort, rescuers were first made aware of it after safety staff at Whitewater were alerted about a possible avalanche.

Whitewater’s Snow Safety team along with Nelson Search and Rescue then located the man, who had been carried approximately 300 metres before being caught in some small trees.

A winch helicopter from Vernon was used in the rescue, and the man was flown to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The backcountry northwest of Whitewater near West Arm Provincial Park is currently rated as a considerable risk for slides by Avalanche Canada.

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