An Australian snowboarder has died in an avalanche while skiing at a popular ski resort in Canada.
The 42-year-old woman from NSW was skiing at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on Friday (AEDT) when a ski patrol team responded to an incident which triggered an avalanche.
Local media reported the two skiiers were in an area that was “permanently closed and off limits to guests”.
The woman was transported to Whistler Health Care Centre where she was pronounced dead.
“Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” chief operating officer Pete Sonntag said.
Whistler Blackcomb, named best ski resort in North America in 2016, is popular among Australia’s ski community.
A 36-year-old man, who was skiing with the woman was rescued from the same area.
Avalanche Canada had issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for “recreational backcountry users”, effective immediately until February 24 due to heavy snow storms which could be deadly.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Canada.