RCMP report that two residents of Prince George were snowmobiling in the Torpy Mountain area northwest of Prince George on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30 PM when an avalanche occured. One rider was able to avoid the avalanche, however, his partner is currently unaccounted for.
Search and Rescue teams were called into the scene, apporximately 30-40 KM from where they off-loaded their snowmobiles. Due to weather conditions and the lack of daylight, Search and Rescue teams will commence their search at first light on Monday morning. An avalanche expert will fly over the scene to determine if the area is safe. RCMP report that explosives may have to be used to loosen the unstable snowpack before the search can being.
The area in which the avlanche has occured has had over six feet of snow already this season, with three feet falling in the 24 hours preceding the incident.
The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a higher snowfall than normal for Northern British Columbia this winter.