B.C. Backcountry Trauma Getting WorseBy Steve Casimiro on February 22nd, 2013
Just one day before a 19-year-old snowboarder was killed in the Blackcomb backcountry after stacking a landing and suffering major chest injuries, the head of the local search and rescue warned that incidents in the terrain surrounding Whistler and Blackcomb were getting much more severe. “We see it both in extreme skiing and snowmobiling,” said Whistler SAR team manager Brad Sills. “Not everybody’s cognizant of that. I don’t think they would do those things in the conditions they do them sometimes if they thought about it. It amazes me that people would go that fast in poor light.” Over the last year, the group responded to about the same number of incidents as the previous year, but the traumas were worse, especially for snowmobilers. 31 of the 34 missions required helicopters, testament that people are going deeper, too. Via Pique.
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