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VIDEO: Whistler skier narrowly avoids run in with mama bear and cubs

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -

A Vancouver man got quite the scare on Sunday as he skied between a mother bear and her cubs in Whistler.

Jaime Stein was on his last run of the day, heading toward the Crystal Ridge Express chairlift, when he saw the bear.

He stopped, hoping to give the animal a chance to cross the run undisturbed and perhaps get a video clip for his children of the ordeal. 

“I’ve seen a lot of bears up here but that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a bear look at me like that,” he told the Vancouver Sun. “I started to record and when she made that move towards me I thought ‘ok time to book it.’”

Stein didn't realize until he got a safe distance away that there was a second cub on the other side of the run. He had accidentally skied between the mama bear and the other cub. 

As a frequent Whistler hiker who’s seen plenty of black bears in the area, Stein said he wasn’t too too worried – only a bit concerned he might fall right in front of the hungry mama bear.

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