That Time A Snowboarder Was Left Clinging To Cliff Face @ Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
Great example of why we must always be aware where we’re going on the mountain and stick to terrain commiserate with our skills to avoid situations like this. This snowboarder got in way over his head after losing his way at Blackcomb and ended up clinging for dear life to a cliff face until patrol could rope down and save him. While we don’t see the conclusion of the rescue, word is he was fine afterward and seen drinking a beer at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC):
“I was coming out of the Spanky’s Ladder zone on Blackcomb with the group I’m coaching, when we saw a bit of commotion and, eventually, this poor guy perched halfway up a nasty cliff with no way up or down.
I had with me the camp video camera, so I was able to get a few good close-ups of him hanging on for his life. As comical as it was that anyone would keep going and get themself into such a bad spot, we were also all very worried for him. Shortly after, 6-7 patrollers started showing up with lots of ropes, but we had to leave before we could see the actual rescue.
I heard that after 1-2 hours they managed to get him out of there. He was seen later having a beer with his buddy at the GLC. He’s alright!”