- 2 - Confirmed deaths in the slide
- 30 - Injured, including three seriously and one in critical condition
- 150-200 - People directly in the path of the avalanche
- 4 - Search-and-rescue teams at the site of the avalanche
- 5 - Canine units deployed
- 3 - Helicopters
- 4 - Years the Big Iron Shootout has been held
- 4 - Avalanche deaths in British Columbia backcountry so far this winter
- 26 - Deaths in 2008-2009
- 13 - Deaths in 2007-2008
- 148 - Deaths over the past 11 years
The folks who took to the hills in their $75,000 toys this weekend were well aware of the dangers.
They were emailing one another in advance with warnings.
"....the insanely high avalanche danger that is going to play a HUGE (their caps) factor this weekend."
So, otherwise reasonable, sane adults - some of whom own 5 snowmobiles in one family - choose to do what they do.
Kash Heed is looking at regulation.
Why not give them a Safe Snowmobiling Site and provide medical staff to help them climb clean?