Avalanche Strands Skiers
PENTICTON, British Columbia (AP) _ About 250 skiers were stranded at a western Canada ski resort after an avalanche blocked the only road out of the area.
There were no cars or skiers in the area where the avalanche occurred Friday afternoon, although it hit at what is usually the road’s busiest afternoon period, said Apex Alpine spokesman John Kapusty.
″Christmas Day is one of our lighter days,″ he said. ″A day or two later and we would have had up to 10 times as many people.″
Kapusty said all the stranded skiers had been put up in private chalets and rental condominiums at the ski hill.
A helicopter was to be used today to drop charges to reduce the avalanche threat and allow crews to get to the blocked portion of the road, he said.
Kapusty estimated it would then take highways workers about an hour to clear the road.
Apex Alpine is about 150 miles east of Vancouver, near Penticton.