U.S. skier upgraded to stable condition after being hit by B.C. avalanche

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TERRACE, B.C. - Another avalanche in British Columbia has seriously injured a skier
Constable Cindy Nunes of the Terrace RCMP says the 39-year-old man, visiting B.C. from Cincinnati, was hit by an avalanche 100 metres wide and 100 metres long.
He was buried for approximately 10 minutes and was in critical condition when he arrived at Mills Memorial Hospital. His condition was later upgraded to stable.
The man was hit while heli-skiing on Alice Mountain, 15 kilometres northwest of Terrace.
His 20-year-old son was partially buried, though he was quickly rescued by guides and did not suffer serious injury.
Nunes said three groups of six people were on the slopes, and that they'd taken the proper precautions. The skiers were in bounds, with guides riding along just after lunch.
Avalanches in B.C. have killed 10 people in the last two weeks, including eight snowmobilers near Fernie in the southeast part of the province.
Two other people, a skier and a snowboarder, were killed in slides in the Whistler area.

Organizations: Mills Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: B.C., U.S., British Columbia Cincinnati Fernie Whistler

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