Snowboarder dies on Blackcomb

A male snowboarder was found dead Wednesday on Blackcomb’s 7th Heaven ski run.

A skier going down the run discovered the body of the snowboarder upside down in a tree well at about 11 a.m., said Whistler RCMP Staff-Sgt. Steve LeClair.

No name has been released. “The skier saw the snowboard on the snow . . . so he hiked about 10 metres in the deep snow and discovered there was actually a person inverted in the tree well,” said LeClair.

After first trying to pull the snowboarder out, the skier hiked another 25 metres up the hill and alerted other.

A group of skiers and snow-boarders then removed the man, who was unconscious and not breathing. He was found well within the bounds of the skiing area open to the public.

The snowboarder was wearing a helmet but was travelling alone.

It appears his death came by asphyxiation, said LeClair.

“The snow in the tree well would’ve collapsed around him, essentially suffocating him,” LeClair said. “He was certainly not there overnight.”

Whistler RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.

Police warn that natural hazards such as tree wells, open creeks and other obstacles exist in the ski area, and those entering treed runs are encouraged to ride with others.

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