Snowboarder killed in crash

UPDATE: Monday 11:15 a.m.

RCMP confirm a snowboarder has died following a collision with a tree at Big White.

The 21-year-old man suffered a fatal head injury in the incident in the Black Forest area of the resort.

Police were called at 1:26 p.m. to assist B.C. Ambulance paramedics.

“At this time, it is believed that the 21-year-old Kelowna man, was snowboarding alone when he struck a tree along the trail,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “RCMP have since notified the man’s family of his tragic passing. We would like to extend our deepest condolences, to both his family and friends, for their sudden loss of a loved one.”

RCMP are supporting the B.C. Coroners Service in their investigation of the incident.

The victim's identity has not been released.

ORIGINAL: Sunday 7:30 p.m.

A man was involved in a serious incident while snowboarding at Big White Sunday afternoon after apparently crashing into a sign.

He was retrieved by rescue crews from the Black Forest area of the resort shortly after 1 p.m., with injuries that required he be transported to hospital. 

Big White Senior VP Michael Ballingall confirmed the incident, but could not speak to the man's current condition.

RCMP have not been reachable so far for comment.

Castanet will update as more information becomes available. 

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