Two skiers rescued from avalanche in Glacier National Park

Two skiers were swept down a slope and one completely buried by an avalanche in Glacier National Park on Jan. 29.

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Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch responded to an avalanche on Ursus Major on Tuesday. Photo:Mountain Information Network.

A trio of skiers are safe after two of their group were rescued after they were caught in an avalanche on Ursus Major in Glacier National Park on Tuesday.

According to a Mountain Information Network report, the group of three were ascending the slope to climber’s left of Christmas Couloir on the southeast face on Jan. 29 when two members of the group were caught in the avalanche and swept down the slope.

One of the group was fully buried, while the other was partially buried and was able to self-rescue.

The skier that was fully buried was about 80 centimetres below the surface, and was located using a transceiver search.

The pair suffered non-life threatening injuries and were flown out via helicopter and transferred to BC Ambulance.

Parks Canada spokesperson Shelley Bird said Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch responded to the incident. A separate group that was nearby when the avalanche came down used a cell phone to call for help. Bird said the party involved in the avalanche was very prepared with all of the right equipment and a high level of experience.

“That’s really the take home here is making sure you have the proper equipment for rescue,” said Bird.

Bird said Parks Canada did not have information about where the skiers are from or if members of the group were female or male.

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