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Warm spell triggers avalanche killing Canada skier

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PEMBERTON, British Columbia (AP) -- Officials say a warm spell and heavy, wet snow are creating a risk of avalanches in western Canada, including one that killed a backcountry skier.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sgt. Alex Boden said Friday that a man in his 30s from Whistler, British Columbia, was critically injured in a Thursday afternoon slide near Pemberton.

Boden says an air rescue was impossible because of darkness and that the risk of more slides are inhibiting recovery of the skier's body.

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