A Rossland couple was pushed to the brink by an avalanche on the Kootenay Pass this weekend.
Brian Zanussi says he’s lucky to be alive after a drive from Kimberley to Rossland through the Kootenay Pass Sunday.
“I’ve driven through there many times and you never think that you are going to be the one caught in an avalanche,” Zanussi says.
Zanussi and his wife Shannon were returning home from a weekend trip to Kimberley when they were stopped for avalanche control outside Creston.
Once the work was completed, the Zanussis continued over the Kootenay Pass, only to be hit by a wall of snow at the mountain’s peak.
“There’s just no way. When you are in it, you are at the mercy of the avalanche and how much its coming down, that’s the key,” Zanussi says. “It was a huge slope and only one big chunk broke loose. If all of that had broken loose, we would have been shot over the bank, I’m sure.”
Zanussi says his truck was pushed within 15 feet of the highway’s edge before the avalanche stopped.
“The snow was moving all around us, so there was no way I could get through it, I was just being manipulated by the flow of snow,” Zanussi says.
He says his family was shocked by the experience, but everyone made it safely home.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Zanussi)
– Rossland resident, Brian Zanussi