Skier found dead at base of cliff in Whistler, B.C.
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:31 PM - The body of a 48-year-old woman was found at the base of a 25-metre cliff at B.C.'s Whistler Blackcomb ski resort Wednesday afternoon, the RCMP reports.
The woman, who was a local, was discovered by another skier in the West Ridge area at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Sgt. Rob Knapton told the CBC the woman was inside ski boundaries.
"It appears that she fell off the cliff or went over the cliff and suffered some significant injuries," Knapton said. "The information I have is that she was skiing alone."
Whistler ski patrol and on-mountain physicians attended to the scene, but they were unable to resuscitate the woman.
Further details, including the woman's identity, have not been released.
Both the RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating.
This is the second death inside the ski resort's boundaries this year.
Police said the woman, who was also an off-duty resort employee, was out with her husband in the Seventh Heaven area of Blackcomb Mountain when she became separated in a treed area.
Tree wells are voids or areas of loose snow around the trunk of a tree enveloped in deep snow. These voids can pose extreme danger to hikers, snowshoers, skiers, and snowboarders who fall into them.
Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair says in most cases, a skier would tip in head-first into a tree well, where the skier could suffocate under the fallen snow.
RELATED VIDEO: AVALANCHE SAFETY: