June 16, 2019 7:06 am
Updated: June 16, 2019 2:05 pm

Skier killed in Alberta backcountry

WATCH: A skier died on Saturday after being hit by a loose rock while skiing in the Alberta backcountry near Castle Mountain Ski resort. RCMP and the Medical Examiner are investigating.

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A 22-year-old Lethbridge man lost his life Saturday skiing in the backcountry.

In a news release, RCMP said the skier was hit by a loose rock and fell down a rocky slope.

The incident occurred on Mount Haig near Castle Mountain Resort in southern Alberta.

Two others who were with the young man, and hikers in the area, attempted first aid, but the 22-year-old died on scene.

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RCMP, conservation officers, alpine helicopters and STARS all responded.

Rescue technicians from both Parks Canada, Alberta Provincial Parks, along with staff from the Castle Mountain ski resort, all assisted in the difficult recovery of the skier’s body.

RCMP said the young man’s family members were on scene.

RCMP and the medical examiner are now investigating.

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