Avalanche kills Kelowna man in Alberta's Kananaskis Country

Skier was in a party of 2 when avalanche occurred on The Tower

A 19-year-old man from Kelowna, B.C., was killed in an avalanche in Alberta's Kananaskis Country on Sunday, according to Canmore RCMP.

Police said the avalanche happened around 1 p.m. on a mountain known as The Tower, about 25 kilometres south of Canmore and just east of Mount Engadine Lodge.

"One of the males was able to escape by digging himself out of the snow; however, the second male was buried," the RCMP said in a news release.

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Police said they recovered and the man's body on Monday morning with the assistance of Kananaskis Mountain Rescue.

Avalanche Canada reported on its website that the two skiers "triggered a large avalanche" near what's known as the Engadine burn area and were "pushed into the trees."

It added that two other "close calls" were reported by skiers in the area , one near Burstall Pass and another near Tryst Lake.

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Avalanche locator map/Robson Fletcher/CBC

Avalanche locator map. (Robson Fletcher/CBC)

"These two events were both skier-triggered avalanches," the Avalanche Canada website stated.

The avalanche danger scale for Kananaskis Country on Sunday was considerable in the alpine and at treeline, and moderate below treeline.

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The story was originally written by Robson Fletcher and published for CBC News.