By Cindy Boren | The Washington Post
Canadian professional freeskier Dave Treadway was killed Monday when he fell about 100 feet into a crevasse while skiing in the backcountry with a group of people in the mountains just north of Whistler, British Columbia.
Treadway, 34, died near Rhododendron Mountain, about 10 miles from where he lived in Pemberton, British Columbia, and 17 miles from Whistler. His death was announced on his website in a statement that called him “an incredible skier and a monumental human.”
Pemberton District Search and Rescue responded to an emergency call with a medical and extraction team, but was unable to save Treadway. “The extraction from the crevasse was a very technical operation for the team,” SAR Manager David MacKenzie said. “A second team from Whistler SAR was dispatched to provide assistance to the Pemberton team.”
Pulling Treadway from the crevasse took about an hour, according to Outside, and involved a 12-minute flight, a safety assessment and the construction of a rigging system involving 14 responders. MacKenzie noted that temperatures were nearing 60 degrees Monday and indicated that the crevasse could have been obscured by a snow bridge, typically formed by a snow drift, that was weakened by the sun and warmth.
“It was just an unfortunate incident going through unknown terrain,” MacKenzie told Pique. “There are crevasses all over the backcountry and in the glacial area. Various ones may have an ice bridge over them or something, and some of them can be sight unseen.”
Earlier this month, Treadway had written on Facebook that he was undeterred by the warming temperatures.
“Don’t let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis. Fine, go for a peddle if you’re really that excited about it. But the snow’s great up high right now, the crowds are thin, and the days …read more
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