Several members of the public that were caught in a 1.5 human triggered avalanche on Sunday managed to walk away unscathed.

Whistler Blackcomb says a group of back-country skiers returning to the ski area from Corona Bowl, an out of bounds area adjoining the Blackcomb Glaicer caused the avalanche.

In a statement the resort says two guests were caught in the slide just after noon and carried down the slope. Both were partially buried and were able to quickly dig themselves out. Neither sustained any injuries and no rescue from Patrol was required.

Blackcomb Mountain Ski Patrol responded immediately with an avalanche service dog and search teams and were able to determine that no one else was involved. Ski Patrol had conducted avalanche control work in the area via helicopter the morning of the incident.

The avalanche risk is currently rated at ‘considerable’ in the Sea to Sky region. You can find more information on mountain safety here.


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