VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A dislocated femur, broken ankle, and multiple broken ribs are just a few of the injuries a snowboarder who got caught up in an avalanche at SilverStar Mountain Resort is recovering from.
A GoFundMe page for Nathan Fisher says he also broke his jaw when snow swept him away as he was riding a double-black diamond run at the Vernon resort on Wednesday.
The page says the avalanche dragged him through trees and he will have a long recovery.
Fisher is from Vernon, and his friends and family say he’s lucky his injuries aren’t any worse.
Ian Jenkins, director of sales and marketing for the resort, said the 42-year-old skier was caught up in the slide just after noon on March 20.
“We had an isothermal avalanche occur on the area called Putnam Creek, also referred to as SilverStar’s backside. One male was involved in the incident and was transported to hospital by B.C. Air Ambulance,” he said.
The resort briefly closed after the incident.
Avalanche Canada said in a warning last week that dramatic temperature increases in the provinces are increasing the likelihood of avalanches at a time when many people are heading into the mountains.
The GoFundMe page has raised more than $25,000 to help him out.
With files from Marcella Bernardo and the Canadian Press.