Body found after Blackcomb Mountain avalanche
CTV has just learned that a body has been recovered from Blackcomb Mountain following an avalanche near the Whistler ski resort in British Columbia.
This development comes amid published reports of a second avalanche on the adjacent Whistler Mountain.
Preliminary reports suggest that the body was found in an area of Blackcomb that would normally have been within the boundaries of the Blackcomb resort.
However, the black diamond ski run had been closed to skiers because of the extreme avalanche risk in the area.
On Thursday, the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) issued a special avalanche warning for the southern sections of B.C. and Alberta.
The snowpack across much of BC and Alberta is unusually weak and the CAC has received many reports of avalanches triggered by recreational activity over the past 24 hours.
As new snow accumulates on top of this fragile base, more avalanches are certain, the CAC said.