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U.S. man dies on Whistler Mountain

BC Coroners Service investigating death
Cliff icon at the bottom of Goat Path on this published map shows the location of known cliffs in the area of Franz's Meadow. Early information suggests the U.S. skier fell to his death off cliffs above Goat Path and into Franz's Meadow. Quickdraw Publications; <i>Ski and Snowboard Guide to Whistler Blackcomb</i> by Brian Finestone and Kevin Hodder

Whistler RCMP has handed over the investigation into the sudden death of a 43-year-old American on Whistler Mountain to the BC Coroners Service.

The man, who is from Oklahoma, was found under a 70-foot cliff near Franz's Meadows Jan.7.

"There were some cautionary warning signs but it's not a closed area," said Sgt. Rob Knapton from the Whistler RCMP.

It appears as though the skier was by himself.

Police were called just after 10 a.m. when another skiers noticed the male who appeared to be in need of help. When he didn't respond, ski patrol was called to the scene.

A statement released from Whistler Blackcomb said: "Whistler Blackcomb's Critical Incident Team is providing support to those involved and wishes to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends for this sad loss."

"Attempts were made to treat the male by ski patrol and physicians at the scene, however they were unable to revive the male," said Sgt. Rob Knapton from the Whistler RCMP.

"From the male's injuries and the location of the body, it appears that the male fell from the cliff area above Franz's Meadows...."

Police have not released a name.