January 21, 2017 10:09 pm
Updated: January 22, 2017 8:06 pm

Avalanche kills Alaskan woman in Kootenay region

A submitted picture of an avalanche that occurred near Cabin Peak on Jan. 20, according to Avalanche Canada.

James Spanozzo / Avalanche Canada

A 32-year-old woman from Anchorage, Alaska has died in an avalanche in the Kootenay region.

BC Coroners Service says a woman was caught in an avalanche while back country skiing between Ymir and Nelson.

RCMP say the 32-year-old was skiing with two others near Qua Peak in the southern part of the province on Saturday morning. All three are described as experienced back country skiers who had avalanche training and proper equipment.

Police say the trio used inflatable avalanche bags when the large avalanche struck. The two other skiers radioed for help when they found their friend unconscious and unresponsive.

The victim was taken to hospital in Nelson but later pronounced dead.

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