US skier falls to his death in BC

The Peak to Peak gondola at Whistler, BC



VANCOUVER - Mounties believe an Oklahoma skier died Monday when he fell off a cliff in Whistler, BC.

Passersby noticed the 43-year-old in the Franz's Meadows area of Whistler Mountain and contacted emergency officials.

By the time a physician and the ski patrol arrived, it was too late.

"They were unable to revive the male," said Sgt. Rob Knapton.

Police are withholding the man's name until they're able to notify his next of kin.

"From the male's injuries and the location of the body, it appears that the male fell from the cliff area above Franz's Meadows" said Sgt. Knapton.

"Whistler RCMP are still investigating along with the BC Coroner Service to determine exactly what occurred."

It was the mountain's second fatality in as many months. The area the man was skiing in wasn't out of bounds, but there were caution signs warning of a 20-metre fall.

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