DeMers body found, woman dies in fall on tragic day on Blackcomb
Ten minutes after 30-year-old Mavis Pickett of Vancouver was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon on Blackcomb the body of 21-year-old Clayton DeMers was discovered, marking one of the most tragic days on the mountain in years.
Pickett and a friend were traversing into the Blackcomb Bowl area when she fell down the steep shoulder of the face, striking a rock on the way down.
Blackcomb Ski Patrol were notified of the accident at 12:14 p.m. They arrived on scene minutes later and began basic life support. A Blackcomb Ski Patrol emergency physician arrived shortly afterwards and pronounced her dead at 12:35 p.m.
At about 12:45 p.m. two off-duty Blackcomb Ski Patrol spotted a body in snow and trees at the base of a 150-foot cliff near Secret Bowl. Whistler RCMP and the Coroner’s Office were notified immediately. The body was removed by helicopter
DeMers, an employee at Essentially Blackcomb, had been missing since March 3. Extensive efforts involving helicopters, dog teams and up to 80 ground search and rescue personnel were launched that night but were hampered by a storm that brought 52 cm of snow over night.
An autopsy was to be performed by the Coroner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.