RCMP say two American snowshoers presumed dead in Banff National Park avalanche

Tabitha Dunn
March 28, 2017

Canadian authorities said two missing tourists visiting Alberta, Canada, from Boston, Massachusetts, were confirmed deceased on Friday (March 17) when their bodies were found at the scene of an avalanche.

The man and woman - both 32 - had been presumed dead after they failed to check out of their hotel Tuesday in Field, British Columbia.

Highway 93 North (Icefields Parkway) was closed Friday with a plan to reopen by Sunday afternoon. "The area is closed and we would like to remind people that entering a closed area is not permitted".

"There's snowshoe tracks going into that avalanche debris and not coming out", she said.

"We immediately dispatched a helicopter and a search team from Banff and while we were waiting for them to arrive, two visitor safety specialists skied up Hector Creek looking for any clues they could find".

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Parks Canada said avalanche control work Thursday in the area north of Lake Louise allowed the recovery operation to go ahead.

Parks Canada believes the two snowshoers from Boston were caught in an avalanche on Saturday or Sunday.

Search efforts, coordinated by Parks Canada, are being hampered by weather and the risk of further avalanches, Peters said.

RCMP say the families of the missing people have been notified and their identities will not be released. The hotel had told officials that the pair were on a snowshoeing trip.

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