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Missing skier and snowboarder located after spending night on Cypress

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Members of North Shore Rescue have spent all day looking for any sign of the pair who failed to return home after a trip out to Cypress on Saturday. Bad weather and dangerous conditions have hampered search efforts. Fortunately, they were finally spotted Sunday afternoon – Mar 21, 2021

Search and rescue crews have rescued a skier and snowboarder who were missing on Cypress Mountain overnight.

North Shore Rescue said the pair were reported missing around midnight on Saturday.

Late Sunday afternoon, weather improved enough for crew to spot the duo and long-line them out with a helicopter.

The helicopter faced challenges with low cloud cover and hazardous terrain, but was eventually able to lift the men out during daylight.

The men, aged 38 and 32, appeared to be in good shape.

The pair were spotted in an area known as Tony Baker Gully, search manager Mike Danks said, which is on the east face of Mount Strachan.

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Earlier Wednesday, North Shore Rescue said crews hadn’t had a clear idea where the two were, as it had been too dangerous to begin searching overnight. They were also unable to ping their cellphones.

Crews had been dealing with whiteout conditions and a high avalanche risk.

An Emergency Management B.C. avalanche safety policy requires crews to be led by a level 2 avalanche forecaster during times of increased avalanche danger, which can significantly slow operations.

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NSR is warning anyone headed into the backcountry that its response times can be severely impacted when the avalanche risk is high.

“In short — do not expect a prompt rescue if you are recreating during times of increased avalanche danger and/or low visibility,” the group said.

“You should be prepared to spend at least a night or two out.”

You can find out more about backcountry safety and essential equipment and preparation at AdventureSmart.ca.

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