Injured skier rescued from avalanche on Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress – BC

A person suffers from a broken leg after an avalanche on Hollyburn Mountain near West Vancouver, North Shore Rescue confirms.

The injured off-piste skier was rescued Monday afternoon by land as cloud cover obscured the path of a helicopter.

“There was a lot of snow, it’s on a fairly steep slope. Luckily there is safe access inside, so our team members were able to stay out of the avalanche zone, ”said Dave Barnett of North Shore Rescue.

Hollyburn Mountain is one of three at Cypress Mountain.

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Images captured by Global News show more than a dozen rescuers using snowshoes and cross-country skis to traverse almost white conditions on the mountain.

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The injured recreationer was lowered onto a stretcher.

“We used ropes to lower it safely and it takes a lot of resources,” Barnett said, explaining the large number of rescuers involved in the mission.

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Barnett said the avalanche was “small”, possibly size 1.

According to the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, there are five avalanche sizes, ranging from “small” to “extremely large”.

Between Sunday and Monday, Avalanche Canada assessed the risk of alpine, forest and below treeline avalanches as “high” in the south coast region.

Avalanche Canada is a not-for-profit avalanche safety organization and is a partner of the provincial governments of British Columbia and Alberta.

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