Fatality reported at Fernie Alpine Resort

The Elk Valley RCMP have confirmed the death of a female snowboarder at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend.

The Elk Valley RCMP have confirmed the death of a female snowboarder at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend.

On Mar. 20, around 1:30 p.m. the RCMP responded to a call from FAR that a female snowboarder and a male companion has been involved in an accident. The incident occurred in a permanently closed area adjacent to the Polar Peak chair lift.

“The pair had entered into an area of cliff bands and was attempting to traverse what was described as an impassable cliff face when both fell. The woman fell approximately 130 metres, and sustained fatal injuries. Fernie Alpine Resort ski patrollers were alerted and attended the location and rescued the pair. Patrollers attended to the unresponsive female and provided first aid, she was then transported to the Fernie hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The man sustained a broken arm in the fall,” said the RCMP in a press release.

“Our thoughts and feelings go out to the family and friends to those that are involved. Without a doubt it is a tragedy,” said Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Senior Vice President of Products and Maintenance, Neil Jackson, to The Free Press.

While the BC Coroners Office has not released the identity of the snowboarder, the investigation has confirmed it to be a 20-year-old female from Alberta.

The RCMP told The Free Press they are continuing their investigation, but have ruled out foul play as a cause.


Just Posted

Peanut Butter Campaign supports local food banks

Both Save On Foods in Fernie and Overwaitea in Sparwood participated in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Ministry statistics show a gap in SD5 teachers’ wages

On average, male teachers in SD#5 earn $5,675 more annually than their… Continue reading

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Carpet bowlers have been excluded from BC 55+ Games and Canada 55+ Games

Gold medal carpet bowling winners not able to defend their titles in 2018

UPDATE: Police release new footage, launch website in hunt for 13-year-old’s killer

IHIT say no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Marrisa Shen’s death

Rural B.C. students score visit with Canadiens netminder Carey Price

Two students from the Chilcotin can hardly wait to meet hometown hero Carey Price in Montreal.

VIDEO: Elk parade on Vancouver Island is awesome sight

They’re out in force for a morning stroll. Check out some of Youbou’s famous elk.

North Delta’s boy newest BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Champion Child

Colton takes the reins from 2107 Champion Child and Tsawwassen resident Taylin McGill

VIDEO: B.C. announces anti-racism funding for prevention, education

Ravi Kahlon said money will go to B.C. Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program

Most Read