Police found the body of a missing snowboarder in Whistler on Christmas Day, one day after he went missing on a treed run at the ski resort. Ski patrol was called Christamas Eve when the 20 year old didn’t meet his family as planned. A massive search was conducted, but darkness Friday evening forced an end to the search.
Further search the next day found the man’s body. The man, from California, apparently went down the run, then fell into a creek and couldn’t get out of the water. The victim did not stray outside the ski boundary open to the public, but was found within bounds.
Though unusual, this accident scenario is not unique. Infrequently, skiers will accidentally ski into a creek or off a bridge and fall into a creek. Either way, there is a real danger of head trauma resulting in unconsciousness which results in drowning.