Yeah I saw that on 660 news last night. Sounds like heli-skiing with 1 guide and 3-4 other people. The guide and one person were able to dig themselves out, the other two didn't make it. If the RCMP supplied photo is of the actual area, it's scarey to look at! I can see how it'd look like a perfect slope but there's clearly two distinct levels in the snow.
This reminds me of the Craig Kelly story. The guy was a very advanced backcountry rider with Avalanche training all over the place, but died in an avalanche anyway. I'd love to hit the backcountry one day but I'm starting to think the resorts with constant bombing have to be a lot safer (I know it's still possible to have an avalanche in bounds, but far less likely methinks).
Scarey shit that it happened so close to you too!