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A 60-year-old Kelowna man died while skiing at Big White Ski Resort on Wednesday.
Witnesses say the man was skiing when he crossed under a roped-off area and fell 25-30 feet into deep snow at about 9:45 a.m. The Kelowna RCMP, BC Ambulance and the Big White Fire Department were called in to assist Big White ski patrol staff after they had recovered the man, who is believed to have suffered a medical emergency on the hill.
Despite lifesaving efforts, emergency personnel and ski patrol staff were unable to revive the man.
The BC Coroners Service has now taken the lead on the investigation as the man’s death is not considered criminal in nature. Due to the privacy of the deceased per the Coroners Act and privacy legislation, the Coroners Service will not be releasing or confirming identity.