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BC Coroners Service confirms identity of skier killed in avalanche near Golden

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 11th, 2015

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche near Golden on Tuesday (March 10) as Robson Eras Gmoser, aged 45, from Hervie Heights, Alberta, a small community just outside Canmore.

Gmoser was a professional ski guide who was leading a trip based at Sorcerer Lodge, about 75 km northwest of Golden.

Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday the group had returned to the lodge but Gmoser and an apprentice guide left the lodge again to check and prepare the area where they were planning to take the group the next day.

While about 400 metres from the lodge, Gmoser was struck and buried by a slab avalanche.

After Gmoser was found and rescued, he was given immediate medical assistance by physicians who were staying at the lodge and was flown immediately to hospital in Golden, but he was not able to be resuscitated.

The BC Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

Ski guide killed in avalanche in backcountry near Golden

Media reports are listing the man killed in an avalanche northwest of Golden Tuesday afternoon in the BC backcountry as well known ski guide Robson Gmoser.

Gmoser, 45, is the son of legendary mountain guide Hans Gmoser.

The avalanche happened near Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirk Mountains on Tuesday at around 5:30 p.m.

It’s believed Gmoser was descending a slope when the avalanche occurred. He was buried under 1.5 metres of snow.

He was dug out of the snow, and transported via helicopter to Golden Hospital but he could not be resuscitated.

Backcountry skier killed in avalanche near Golden

A backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche late Tuesday afternoon northwest of Golden.

The accident happened in the Selkirk Mountains, about 75 kilometers northwest of Golden where a group of experienced skiers spent the past few days.

The group was skiing out of the Sorcerer Lodge, a remote place only accessible by helicopter.

The lodge’s website says the business has been operating for the past 20 years, offering ski touring, snowboarding and mountaineering holidays in famous Selkirk powder snow.

The avalanche swept down a slope in an area near Ventigo Lake, a route on the way to Mount Iconoclast (10,666 feet), at about 5:30 p.m.

The skier was recovered about half an hour after the avalanche and airlifted to hospital in Golden,

However, resuscitation efforts were not successful.

The identity of the skier has not been released.

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