Kelowna optometrist killed in ski accident

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed Joshua Matthew Bernot, 30, died in a ski accident in Glacier National Park Monday

  • Apr. 24, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Josh Bernot

A local optometrist has been identified as the 30-year-old man killed in a skiing accident near Rogers Pass on Monday.

Josh Bernot was on the second day of a two-day back-country ski excursion with a friend in Glacier National Park near Young’s Peak shortly after noon, when witnesses saw him fall about 16 meters down a cliff, according to information from the BC Coroner’s Service released Tuesday.

The friend he was skiing with, and other nearby skiers, got help as quickly as possible, but Bernot died at the scene.

He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Kelowna shortly after graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry four years ago where he joined Orchard Park Optometry as an associate.

He volunteered as a dog walker at the Kelowna SPCA, played in Kelowna’s soccer and ultimate frisbee leagues, in addition to skiing and golfing.

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