An Atlin-based heli-skiing guide has been killed after falling into a crevasse on the Swanson Glacier, police say. The man was leading a group of skiers on Sunday afternoon and had stopped to take a photograph when the snow beneath him gave way and he plunged into a deep chasm.
The heli-ski outfitter immediately removed its group of guests from the site and returned them safely to Atlin, with (another) guide staying at the site to assist rescuers. A fellow guide was able to conduct a descent into the crevasse and confirmed the man had suffered fatal injuries in the fall.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was a 47-year-old Austrian native who works as a ski guide in the Atlin area, outside of Vancouver, during the winter. Poor weather has delayed the recovery of his body.
And tragically, a second skier fell to his death on Tuesday. A 33-year-old climber died after skiing into a crevasse Tuesday on Mount Rainier, according to a news release from Mount Rainier National Park. The Utah man who died in a crevasse on Mount Rainier is described as an experienced back country skier.
The 33-year-old Alta, Utah, man, originally from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died while out with three other climbers when he fell more than 100 feet into the crevasse on the Nisqually glacier. His friends went to a group of climbing guides who were on the mountain training. One rappelled down and found the victim dead. His body was recovered by rangers.
Park Spokeswoman Patti Wold estimated that the skier fell more than 100 feet. The accident occurred at the 13,000-foot level in the area of the Nisqually glacier.