Snowboarder rescued from Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver

Snowboarder rescued from Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver - image
Wayne Decoffe, Global camera operator

North Shore Rescue rescued a 37-year-old snowboarder who lost his way on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver on Monday.

The night was a long, dark, and cold one for the snowboarder, who somehow ventured into an uncontrolled area on the north side of the mountain without telling his companions where he was going.

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The companions noticed he was missing at 4 p.m. when they reached the top of the sky chair on Cypress.

NSR got the call at 7 p.m, searchers made voice contact with him at 9:30 p.m., and they got him out at 11:30 p.m.

Search manager Don Jardine says that unlike others before him, the fellow managed to do one thing right by staying put once he realized he was lost.

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“I think a lot of them panic. At first, it seems like they’re having a good time and when they realize they’re lost and have no way out,” Jardine says.

Jardine says this is yet another reminder to stay away from out-of-bounds areas because the avalanche risk remains very high along the tree line on the North Shore.

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