A GoFundMe campaign for Nathan Fisher, the man who was injured in an avalanche at SilverStar Wednesday, March 20, quickly exceeded its $15,000 fundraising target. (GoFundMe image)

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Support is pouring in for the snowboarder who was airlifted to the Kelowna General Hospital after an avalanche at SilverStar Mountain Resort.

Nathan Fisher, identified as the avalanche victim in the GoFundMe and Facebook posts from friends and family who shared the fundraiser, suffered several broken bones, lacerations and torn and sprained ligaments as a result of the isothermal avalanche on the backside of the mountain shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Read more: SilverStar avalanches not scaring off skiers

“Nathan suffered some serious injuries but fortunately enough he suffered no brain or spinal injuries. He still has a long way to go for recovery, and I believe we can all help,” reads the GoFundMe campaign created by Tylor Williams.

Only two days after the campaign launched, it had surpassed its goal of $15,000. By Sunday afternoon, nearly $25,000 had been raised and the campaign had been shared more than 900 times.

“Nathan is the most caring, loving, friendly human you will ever encounter. He is constantly looking out for others and trying to make everyone else’s lives better. He stays positive in all situations and is the best human to be around.”

According to a Facebook post by Matt Fisher, Nathan’s brother, the avid snowboarder has been part of the SilverStar community since 1991.

“On behalf of our family, I want to extend a sincere thank you to everyone involved in his rescue and his ongoing care and treatment: SilverStar Ski Patrol, BC Paramedics and Air Ambulance Service, and everyone else that helped out,” the post reads.

Read more: Avalanche consultants deployed to SilverStar

Chantelle Deacon, communications and sponsorship manager, confirmed that two small avalanches occurred.

“We’ve never had this kind of avalanche happen at SilverStar before,” Deacon said. “As of right now, it is still under investigation.

“As always, the safety of our guests and staff remains our highest concern.”

SilverStar’s inaugural SEISMIC Spring Mountain Festival kicked off Friday, March 22.



parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police watchdog clears West Shore RCMP in altercation that led to man needing 82 staples

The man pretended he had a weapon he would use against the police

Highway 1 tree removal impacts traffic Tuesday evening

Work starts April 7 at 6 p.m. between Finlayson Arm Road and Westshore Parkway

Escaped python found in Saanich building reunited with its owner

The little snake is at ‘home, safe and sound,’ CRD chief bylaw officer says

Victoria police seek public’s help finding man missing more than a week

Joel Diment 26 and has short brown hair and hazel eyes

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Comox spring training cancelled for Snowbirds next month

The team announced that due to ongoing travel restrictions they will not be training in the Valley

Some Cowichan schools to reopen for children of essential-services workers

Cowichan Valley will open 8 elementary schools this week

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

Physiotherapists turn to technology to reach patients during COVID-19

Just because services, jobs, and socializing have been put on hold, it… Continue reading

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

Most Read