Update: Whistler RCMP stated at as of 5 p.m. today (March 2), all nine missing snowmobilers have been located and are safe.
Whistler RCMP thanks Whistler Search and Rescue, family, friends, and the community for their assistance.
Up to nine snowmobilers who left Whistler were reported missing after visibility suddenly deteriorated in the Callaghan area yesterday due to the weather.
Whistler RCMP stated today (March 2) that around 8:50 p.m. on March 1, they were informed that nine snowmobilers, traveling in three groups, hadn’t returned home and had been out of contact with family and friends.
Officers confirmed that the snowmobiler’s vehicles were parked and unoccupied in the Brandywine Mountain snowmobile area.
Whistler RCMP stated that the afternoon weather on March 1 abruptly changed to zero visibility and appears to have affected the snowmobilers’ ability to return to their vehicles.
Friends and family of the snowmobilers informed police that the individuals are knowledgeable and are prepared for spending time in the backcountry if necessary.
RCMP stated that one of the groups does have satellite tracking and it appears that they are attempting to make their way out of the area.
Whistler RCMP and Whistler Search and Rescue are awaiting improved visibility conditions to launch their search.