Here’s a photo, taken in 2004, which shows the slope where it happened. :
Update: There was the first avalanche which caught the two skiers. A second one at night which is referred to below. See comments.
We have some confusion over when this slide occurred. From the coverage in the media, it sounds like it happened during the day, with two skiers getting caught in it. The report on the Kicking Horse Ski Club website says Saturday night. Are we talking about two different avalanches? If anyone can clear this up, please leave a comment.
If memory serves, the slide path is only about 40 – 50 metres wide at the bottom. It sounds like the avalanche took out some trees, and the path is likely a little wider today.
Posted this morning on the website of the Kicking Horse Ski Club:
The avalanche came down at Emerald on Saturday night !!!!
The hiking trail and lake trail are TOTALLY wiped out.
The force broke through the ice all the way to the bridge!!!
Open water EVERYWHERE !!!!!
******NO TRAIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
****** Ski the Kicking Horse trail and Field to the Natural Bridge and be safe!!!
***Stay off the CONNECTOR cause there are 2 danger areas on it!!
What a winter we are having!!!
Above photo(from archive): I believe this is the slide path(where I’m standing with the camera) and in the distance is probably the bridge they’re talking about. Above me is the steep slope. The two people are on the hiking trail. In the top photo, I’d be standing on the yellow line which marks the groomed ski trail.
Here’s a photo I took two weeks ago of the Mini avalanche on the Emerald Connector.
While searching my archive for photos, I came across a lot of nice pictures of Emerald Lake: