British Columbia avalanche kills 8 U.S. skiers, injures 2
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 11:33 p.m.
REVELSTOKE, British Columbia - Eight back-country skiers from the United States were killed and two were injured when an avalanche crashed down a mountainside Monday in eastern British Columbia, officials said.
The snow slide occurred near the Durrand Glacier, 20 miles northeast of the town of Revelstoke in the Canadian Rockies.
Regional coroner Ian McKichan said eight people died and two were injured. The victims' names and hometowns were not immediately released. Earlier reports said there had been 20 skiers.
The party of skiers from the United States had traveled by helicopter to a remote camp in the Rocky Mountains, using that as a base for ski touring, said Bob Pearce, a spokesman for the B.C. Ambulance Service.
The survivors were transported to a Revelstoke hospital. Pearce said that at least one was in stable condition but the status of the other was not known.
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