Tragic Avalanche Claims Life of Skier on Mount Temple in Lake Louise Area
In a devastating turn of events, a skier from Saskatchewan lost his life on Friday while attempting to climb Mount Temple, the highest peak in the Lake Louise, Alberta area. Avalanche Canada has reported that the skier was struck by a small release of loose snow, known as sluff, from a rock face. The impact knocked him off his feet and he fell a significant distance.
The skier was part of a group of three climbers, and sadly, the other members of the party were forced to witness the tragedy unfold. They were able to descend safely, only to find their companion had sustained fatal injuries from the fall.
Authorities were alerted to the incident at 4:35 p.m. MT on Friday, when the Lake Louise RCMP received a report of a backcountry skier falling. Emergency crews from Parks Canada immediately responded to the call and discovered the skier, who appeared to have succumbed to his injuries while climbing the treacherous Aemmer Couloir on the north face of Mount Temple.
The survivors were swiftly evacuated by helicopter, while the deceased was carefully transported using a sling, just minutes before sunset. The 32-year-old skier’s next of kin have been notified, according to a statement released by the RCMP. Although an investigation is underway, foul play is not suspected at this time.
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the increasing avalanche hazard in the area. Avalanche Canada has issued an advisory, urging individuals to exercise caution and make responsible choices when selecting their outdoor activities this weekend.
Mount Temple, with its majestic height and stunning vistas, has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. However, its challenging terrain demands respect and careful consideration. As the investigation continues, authorities will undoubtedly seek to determine the factors that contributed to this devastating accident.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the skier who lost his life, and we hope that this heartbreaking incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and preparedness when venturing into the backcountry.