In 2003 in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, a large avalanche struck a group of 20 backcountry skiers. Seven people were killed. A historic tragedy that changed the culture of the backcountry and forever transformed one guides relationship with the mountains. Ken Wylie shares his remarkable story.
First Mountain Story Interview with Ken Wylie
We are so excited to have completed the very first Mountain Story interview, set to launch at the end of October. The Mountain Story crew spent the day filming and talking to mountain guide Ken Wylie about the deadly 2003 avalanche in which he was buried and pulled out alive after 30 minutes. He shared some remarkable experiences and insights gained since the tragedy. We also got a sneak preview of his newly released book Buried in which he delves into the human factors that played into the tragedy and how he reconciled his role as the assistant guide on the tour. It was a spectacular day on Whistler Mountain, and Ken’s story was both fascinating and inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us Ken! And the crew squeezing all we could out of the day – Darryl, Bruno, Kim and Ian!
Sharing Ken’s Story
One more week in the edit and Ken’s story will come alive right here on the Mountain Story website. You can read more about Ken’s version of that tragic day back in 2003 in the National Post feature article, The Day the Mountain Fell by Joe O’Connor. His book was just released and you can pick up your very own copy from Amazon or catch him live somewhere on his book launch tour across Canada.