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Overmatched skier calls police for help after getting caught on run that was ‘too difficult'

Police Briefs: Porteau Cove dock was temporarily closed for investigation


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A skier found themselves in way over their head last week after getting stuck on a Whistler Blackcomb run that was too challenging, poice said.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, Whistler RCMP received a call from an individual who reported they were “on a ski run that was too difficult, and wished police assistance,” according to a release. Police said the skier was redirected to ski patrol for help.

“We always encourage people to ski terrain commensurate to their skill level,” read an email from Whistler Blackcomb. “We also clearly mark expert terrain and provide ‘easy outs’ in most areas for skiers and riders feeling out of their comfort zone.”

Intoxicated man breaks into hotel storage room for a quick snooze

A 46-year-old man of no fixed address caught a few Zs last week after he reportedly broke into the storage room of a Whistler hotel to sleep one off.

Last Thursday, Jan. 24, police were called to a hotel on Blackcomb Way after a report of a break-and-enter on the premises. After attending the scene, investigators learned that the man had broken into a storage room and was using it as a place to sleep.

Despite being on conditions not to consume alcohol, police said the man was intoxicated at the time. He was arrested and held in custody until sober. He was released on a promise to appear in court at a future date.

Investigators tight-lipped about possible ‘items of interest’ in Porteau Cove

Investigators are staying tight-lipped about possible items of interest they were alerted to in the waters of Porteau Cove this weekend.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, Squamish RCMP said they were notified by several divers in Porteau Cover Provincial Park of “items in the water which may be of interest to police,” according to a release.

As a result, police closed the dock system and adjacent parking lot for several hours to investigate further. The area was reopened at about 8:30 p.m.

A popular spot for divers, police said it was not the first time they have been alerted after items were found in and around the area’s waterways.

In a follow-up call on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Cpl. Sascha Banks wouldn’t give any additional details on exactly what items, if any, were found.

“I’m not going to talk about that at the moment,” she said. “If I need to release something at a later date, I will.”

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No injuries in vehicle rollover

The driver of a vehicle that veered off of Highway 99 before rolling over last week escaped the incident without injury, police said.

At 3 p.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 23, Whistler RCMP responded to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 99 at Soo River. A southbound pickup truck reportedly went off the road to the right and rolled over.

Officers attended and assisted with a partial highway closure until the vehicle was removed from the scene.

Vehicle reportedly keyed while parked on Whistler Way

A Whistler woman’s car was reportedly vandalized last week, police said.

Whistler RCMP says it received a complaint on the morning of Monday, Jan. 21 of mischief to a vehicle, after the owner of the car advised it had been keyed sometime in the two weeks prior while she was out of town. The owner said she believes the incident occurred while her vehicle was parked on Whistler Way in the village.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.