An early season avalanche near Lake Louise killed an experienced skier.
The mishap occurred on Mount Victoria, near Lake Louise. Tim Haggarty with Parks Canada says the Avalance was only about 15 centimeters deep but the skier was near the edge of a cliff. “We suspect that small avalanche, it would be a Class 1 avalanche, simply pushed the skier off his feet and made it difficult for him to stop his slide on the steep snow slow that he was on. So he was basically pushed over a cliff.”
The family has identified the man as 27 year old Trevor Sexsmith from Golden BC. Brian Sexsmith tells Global News his brother was not a risk-taker. “Just very passionate about skiing. He was always talking about the next trip….He spent a lot of time researching, a lot of time looking at the weather reports and figuring out ideal times.”
Parks Canada says two skiers set out Sunday to climb the mountain but turned back mid-way through their ascent because of strong winds and poor conditions. During their descent the two became separated by the terrain and that’s when the slide occurred.
The recovery mission was postponed Sunday because of the winds. It resumed Monday morning when crews were able to find and recover the body.