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Close call near Fernie a reminder that avalanche season is here

Fernie Search and Rescue was called out to a potential avalanche burial on Sunday. .
Fernie Search and Rescue was called out to a potential avalanche burial on Sunday. . Fernie Search and Rescue

Backcountry users are being reminded that avalanche season is here, after a close call near Fernie.

It happened on Sunday, when a trio of skiers were touring in an area called the Cornice Bowl.

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Fernie Search and Rescue said the first skier heading down the ridge became caught in a slide.

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Climbers caught in avalanche in Jasper National Park

The other two skiers lost contact with the first skier and called search and rescue for help.

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Two avalanche technicians flew in by helicopter and found that the affected skier had slid more than 200 metres, but was unharmed and had not been buried, said Fernie SAR.

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Search and rescue volunteers said the other skiers were able to make their own way out safely.