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Updated: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:17:46 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

1 dead in avalanche west of Golden, B.C.

1 dead in avalanche west of Golden, B.C.

CBC News has confirmed one person is dead after an avalanche Friday near the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort just a short distance from Golden, B.C.

According to bulletins posted on the Canadian Avalanche Centre's website, the danger rating for alpine conditions in the Purcells is currently listed as considerable.

Conditions for treeline areas are listed as moderate.

The CAC says the combination of new snow and strong westerly winds have created dense wind slabs in exposed lee terrain and cross-loaded features. 

Particularly in steep, unsupported terrain, rider triggering is a possibility, and any avalanche in the area would be expected to range in size from small to large.

It's not clear at this point how many other people may have been involved in the avalanche or exactly where it took place.

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