BY REID SOUTHWICK, CALGARY HERALD JANUARY 1, 2014

A pair of men from the Golden area can thank their fellow skiers and snowboarders for ensuring they survived an avalanche that left them battered and bruised.

The two men lay injured with cuts and broken bones on a remote mountain slope roughly 100 kilometres northeast of Golden, B.C., after they triggered a mid-afternoon avalanche Dec. 29 while skiing down the backcountry terrain.

They would have to spend the night in frigid temperatures awaiting a helicopter rescue the next morning because there was not enough daylight left to fly in immediately.

They might have died there in the snow. But the men, both from the Golden area, were skiing with five others — three from Calgary — trained in avalanche rescues and equipped with communication devices, sleeping bags, water and first-aid supplies.

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