Snowmobiler Perishes – Area of Mt. Callaghan, Whistler

Whistler, BC – Whistler RCMP is investigating a report of snowmobiler who has fallen after a cornice he was stopped on collapsed in an area close to the Callaghan Lake Provincial Park, Whistler.

At approximately 3:15 in the afternoon on February 10, 2018, Whistler RCMP received a report of a snowmobiler who had fallen in the area of Mt. Callaghan near the Callaghan Lake Provincial Park area of Whistler BC.

Whistler Search and Rescue (SAR) were activated and attended the area with a Doctor via helicopter. Upon attendance, it was determined that the snowmobiler had stopped on a cornice which subsequently collapsed. The male, 52 years old from Nanaimo fell approximately 250 feet onto the slope and was partially buried. Other snowmobilers in the area came to the male’s assistance, dug him out and began CPR. Despite the best efforts of everyone the male was pronounced deceased at scene. The cause of death has not been confirmed, however, it does not appear suspicious. Officers are working with the BC Coroner Service with this investigation.

Whistler RCMP and SAR want to ensure that the people who are recreating in the backcountry use caution particularly around cornices. Avalanche Canada had advertised that the hazard in the alpine was deemed to be ‘moderate’ at the time but had recommended people give cornices an extra wide berth.

No further details are available at this time.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044. If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or

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File # 2018-813

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