A group of heli-skiers triggered an avalanche while skiing a run known as Chocolate Bunnies in the Akolkolex drainage approximately 25 km east of Revelstoke. Three individuals, two guests and one guide, were caught in the slide with two fully buried and one partially buried. The individuals were located by their transceivers and extracted from the snow. The two guests were flown to Kelowna General Hospital, but did not survive.
The avalanche started on an open slightly convex slope and ran into open forest. The bed surface was 6-10 mm surface hoar (rounding).
Precipitation Type & Intensity
Snowpack Comment: Tests at crown (on Jan 24th) showed compression test results: CTH 28 RP to No Result.