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Man injured in avalanche at Vernon ski resort, temperatures create high risk

Last Updated Mar 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm PDT

Alpine Meadows slope at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon. (Source: Silver Star Resorts)

VERNON, B.C. (NEWS 1130) — A┬áman has been injured by an avalanche at Vernon’s Silver Star resort.

Ian Jenkins, director of sales and marketing for the resort, says the 42-year-old skier was caught up in the slide on a double black diamond runs just after noon. There’s no word yet on his condition or where he’s from.

“We had an isothermal avalanche occur on the area called Putnam Creek, also referred to as Silver Star’s backside. One male was involved in the incident and was transported to hospital by B.C. Air Ambulance,” he says.

The resort is now closed, but Jenkins says they might re-open tomorrow.

Silver Star is a popular destination during Spring Break with many who head up there coming from the Lower Mainland.

Avalanche Canada issued a special public warning for recreational backcountry users on Monday that remains in place for much of British Columbia and Alberta.

It says dramatic temperature increases in the provinces are increasing the likelihood of avalanches at a time when many people are heading into the mountains.