January 5, 1998 |
Avalanches in the mountains of western Canada that killed at least eight people over the weekend were the most deadly in recent memory, officials said Sunday. The avalanches, triggered by cold weather and new snowfall, roared down three mountains in southeastern British Columbia, burying back-country skiers and snowmobilers. One skier was still missing Sunday.
January 2, 1999 |
An avalanche swept down on a New Year's celebration in an Inuit village in Quebec on Friday, killing at least nine people, including five children, and injuring 25 after it smashed through a gymnasium wall. Six people died shortly after the avalanche, and three other victims--a mother and her young daughter and son--were discovered several hours later buried under tons of snow, said Luc Harvey, chief of the Kativik regional police force in Kuujjuaq, 190 miles west of the village.
December 17, 1996 |
Three skiers died in an avalanche in the mountain wilderness near the Canadian resort of Whistler, British Columbia, about 75 miles north of Vancouver, police said. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Peter Montague said three Germans--two men and one woman--died in the accident. Montague said the victims were in a party of 11 European tourists who had been transported by helicopter to ski on the Phalanx Glacier in the Coast Mountains just outside the Blackcomb Mountain ski area.
March 24, 1987 |
An avalanche swept down a mountain Monday morning, killing seven of 12 members of a ski party that had been brought to the remote area by helicopter, authorities said. A clerk at the Venture Lodge in Blue River, where the skiers had been staying, said most of the party came from the West Coast of the United States. Blue River is in British Columbia about 260 miles northeast of Vancouver.