Avalanches are a reality when you live in the mountains. And the worst news is when you hear that someone has been killed by one near you. And that is what happened late yesterday afternoon. We began to hear about this late yesterday afternoon. I had heard a helicopter buzzing around for awhile and hadn't thought too much about it. But about half an hour later a friend phoned who had some knowledge of what was happening and told us an avalanche had come down near the resort and there could be a fatality. That fact was confirmed a little later on in the evening. We have since learned the skier was a 29 year old from Alberta who was not wearing an beacon which searchers can find quickly. It took the searchers close to an hour to find his body with probes. He was skiing in an out-of-bounds area near Kicking Horse Resort.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.