Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are investigating what appears to be a tragic accident after finding a 48-year-old female skier dead at the base of an 80-foot cliff at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on Wednesday.
According to reports, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday a skier riding in the West Ridge section of Whistler came upon the unconscious and unresponsive body of the woman at the base of the cliff and immediately phoned for help.
Five members of the Whistler ski patrol, two mountain doctors and a paramedic quickly rushed to the scene in an attempt to resuscitate the skier, but CPR efforts were fruitless and she was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.
“It appears that she fell off the cliff or went over the cliff and suffered some significant injuries,” Whistler RCMP Sargeant Rob Knapton told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “The information I have is that she was skiing alone.”
Police have stated that she was skiing with a helmet and proper safety equipment on. The West Ridge trail is rated as a black diamond trail, meaning it contains expert terrain.
Officials have yet to release the identity of the woman as they continue to investigate her death, but have noted that she was a local skier. They also noted that this was the second death inside the boundaries of Whistler Blackcomb this season.
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