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Whistler Blackcomb ski guide dies in avalanche while guiding group

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A well-known Whistler skier and realtor died after being caught in an avalanche while leading a group of guests. Paul Johnson reports – Mar 29, 2018

A Whistler Blackcomb ski guide died Wednesday after being buried in an avalanche.

Whistler Blackcomb confirms the 49-year-old woman from Pemberton was guiding a group of guests outside the resort’s boundary when the avalanche occurred near the South Creek area.

The group was heli-skiing at the time.

Whistler / Pemberton RCMP received a call at 2:39 p.m. and contacted the Whistler and Pemberton Search and Rescue teams as the exact location of the avalanche was unclear at the time.

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While they were looking for her, they received information that she had been found and was being transported to the Whistler Health Centre in critical condition.

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Despite attempts to save her, she was pronounced deceased just after 4:30 p.m.

“Today is a difficult day for the Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts family. We lost a well-loved member of our staff and community,” said Pete Sonntag, chief operating officer of Whistler Blackcomb in a release. ”Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fellow employees and we extend them our deepest condolences.”

Friends and co-workers have identified the victim as Lisa Korthals, who was also a realtor in the region.

Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook
Lisa Korthals. Source: Facebook.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Sea to Sky RCMP at 604-892-6100. If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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