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Australian woman dies in “serious incident” at Canadian ski resort

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

An Australian woman has died after falling 200 meters down a cliff at a Canadian Ski Resort.

The 42-year-old from NSW was snowboarding at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on Thursday (local time) when she entered a permanently closed area of the resort, lost her footing and fell.

The resort said in a statement that a “serious incident” had taken place on the mountain triggering a class one avalanche.

A 36-year-old man, who was snowboarding with the woman, survived the avalanche and was rescued from the same area.

The woman was taken to Whistler Health Care Centre for further emergency care but later died.

A spokesperson for British Columbia Coroners service told the Sydney Morning Herald it had launched a fact-finding investigation into the death.

“Our investigation will look to determine how, where, when and by what means she came to her death; and, if relevant, make recommendations aimed at preventing death in similar circumstances,” the spokesman said.

A DFAT spokesperson also confirmed the incident and said it was providing consular assistance to the woman’s family.

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