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Snowboarder found dead on Whistler

A 30-year-old British snowboarder was pronounced dead on arrival at Whistler Medical Clinic on the weekend after he was found unconscious by his wife in Harmony Bowl on Whistler Mountain.


Christopher Walker of London had been snowboarding with his wife, Karelle on Saturday, when she lost sight of him. A short time later, she found him lying unconscious at the base of Lower McConkey's Run.

A ski patroller and doctor responded immediately, but neither was able to resuscitate Walker.

RCMP Cst. Devon Jones said there were no obvious signs of trauma and Walker was not near the edge of the run. There were no rocks or trees near the deceased.

Snow conditions were reported as hard packed on Jan. 8 with 3 cm of snow falling in the previous 24 hours.

The average temperature was —15 Celsius and the winds were light.

Walker’s family has flown in from England and an autopsy is being performed this week in Vancouver. Following that Walker’s remains will be taken home to England.

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