Avalanche near Valemount takes life of Alberta man

BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche in the Clemina Creek area

  • Jan. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche in the Clemina Creek area situated approximately 30 kilometers south of Valemount off Highway 5, on Jan. 18, 2014.

The man is Kym Alvin Avery Wilson, aged 28, of Warburg, Alberta, a small community about 60 km west of Leduc in central Alberta. Wilson was one of a party of five who had travelled to the Clemina area for a day of snowmobiling. They were snowmobiling on an area known as Goat Ridge when he was caught up in the avalanche.

Wilson was found deceased several hours later beneath about one metre of snow. A specialized rescue team from Parks Canada was able to recover the deceased the next day after ensuring that the area was safe from the risk of further avalanches for the rescue teams.

RCMP are warning the public that the area has been deemed a high risk for avalanches and any outdoor enthusiasts are asked to stay away from the area or visit the Canadian Avalanche Center website for any future updates.