The incident is reported to have happened at Grizzly Lake, which according to this map http://www.powdermountainsnowmobilin...p1-printed.pdf
is located at 50.132, -123.250, which is about 3 km northwest of Brandywine Peak.
This sad incident once again underscores the need for learning how to AVOID being caught in an avalanche in the first place- winter recreationists need to learn where (terrain) and when (weather and snowpack conditions) avalanches are likely to occur, and avoid those places and times. This takes both good training AND experience
- winter recreationists must not be lured into a false sense of security and think they can stay safe just by having the right gear and taking an avalanche course. In this case, the avalanche danger was going from HIGH to CONSIDERABLE- and the victim was high marking on a steep slope- not a good combination.
A recent study by Dr. Pascal Haegeli of the CAC, and reported here http://www.earnyourturns.com/9079/av...-time-reduced/
suggests that the survival time for buried avalanche victims may be much less than has been reported in Canada- 10 minutes instead of 25.
I have long maintained that in Canada, we underestimate how many people caught in avalanches are killed by trauma and compression asphyxia- strained through trees, thrown into crevasses or over cliffs, etc. AND also killed by the sheer weight of the avalanche snow pressing down on their bodies that does not allow them to move their diaphragm and breathe. Avalanche snow typically weighs 400-500 kg per cubic metre- which means that if you're buried a metre deep, you may have over a half tonne
of dense snow pressing down on your body. So instead of dying in 25 minutes due to an ice mask forming around your face, you die in 3 minutes due to the fact that you simply can't breathe!