Skier missing following avalanche near Valemount

Skier missing in avalanche

One person is missing after a trio of backountry skiers were caught in an avalanche just north of Valemount on Tuesday.

RCMP said two of the skiers were able to free themselves but the third - a 35-year-old Fernie man - could not be located. Robson Valley Search and Rescue had to suspend the search due to darkness, and were to continue the search Wednesday.

Police described the three as experienced backcountry skiers.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man was killed when he was swept away in an avalanche while snowmobiling in the Hasler area just east of Pine Lemoray Provincial Park.

Avalanche Canada has rated the avalanche danger as considerable in both the Northern Rockies and Cariboo.

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