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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Second avalanche death reported in B.C.

Associated Press

REVELSTOKE, British Columbia (AP)  Officials say the second deadly avalanche in western Canada within two days has killed a skier.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Saturday that the 45-year-old skier died Friday afternoon near Revelstoke, British Columbia.

He says the victim was among a group of 11 people led by a guide who were heli-skiing.

Moskaluk says four of the skiers were caught in an avalanche which completely buried man who died. The remaining members of the group were safely pulled out.

Duncan MacKenzie, 30, a longtime ski patroller, was killed in a snowslide east of Pemberton, British Columbia, on Thursday.