This photo posted by Joe Lammers to Avalanche Canada's Mountain Information Network shows Friday's avalanche that buried one snowmobiler in the Turbo Hill area of Boulder Mountain.

This photo posted by Joe Lammers to Avalanche Canada's Mountain Information Network shows Friday's avalanche that buried one snowmobiler in the Turbo Hill area of Boulder Mountain.

Snowmobiler survives Boulder Mountain avalanche

A snowmobiler survived an avalanche after being buried in snow for 10 minutes on Boulder Mountain on Friday.

A snowmobiler survived an avalanche after being buried in snow for 10 minutes on Boulder Mountain on Friday.

According to reports, a man was snowmobiling in the Turbo Hill area when he triggered the avalanche.

Joe Lammers, an avalanche forecaster and search & rescue member, posted on Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Information Network that the avalanche was a size 2.5.

“According to a witness, the subject triggered the avalanche with his machine and was buried for ten minutes before he was rescued by his partners,” wrote Lammers. “He regained consciousness and managed to sled down to the parking lot.”

The RCMP, Revelstoke Search & Rescue and Emergency Health Services responded to the call. SAR flew to the scene in a helicopter, but the man was able to get back to the parking lot by himself.

RCMP Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the man was taken to hospital.

Lammers wrote there was widespread avalanche activity in the area.

The avalanche danger was rated high in the alpine and considerable at treeline for the area at the time. Avalanche Canada had issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for the area at the time.

 

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