WATCH: A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of a Campbell River man who died Monday while snowboarding on Mount Washington. Dean Stoltz reports.
As a coroner investigates the death of a snowboarder who was found on Mount Washington, a GoFundMe page has been started to help support his fiance Alisha and their 4 year-old son Benjamin.
The page, called Alisha and Benny, was created by Krista Brown of Campbell River, saying “We are devasted by the tragic, unexpected loss of Stewart Elhorn (age 27) in a snowboarding accident on Mount Washington January 22, 2018.”
The goal of the fundraising effort is $10,000 and had raised more than $5000 in less than a day.
Mount Washington spokesperson Sheila Rivers says a male snowboarder was found unresponsive within resort boundaries in a wooded area Monday afternoon and off groomed trails.
It is unclear whether he was snowboarding alone in the trees or with the friends he went to the mountain with that day, and how much time had elapsed before someone called for help.
Ski Patrol officials attended the scene and BC Ambulance paramedics were called but Elhorn was pronounced dead.
The victim’s mother Kate Elhorn says he got trapped in a tree well, which is a deep cavity in the snow beside a tree, which can be nearly impossible to get out of alone.
In an interview with CHEK news Wednesday, she remembered her son as an avid outdoorsman who loved his job as a logger.
“He loved life and was really trying to pack everything in,” she said.
Elhorn had been snowboarding for about twenty years and purchased his first seasons pass with money he made as a newspaper delivery boy.
The GoFundMe page called Elhorn a dedicated family man with a fiance and a four-year-old son and was the sole provider of the family as an experienced logger.