Bodies of two US snowshoers found after Canadian avalanche
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:19 - Rescue officials at Parks Canada have recovered the bodies of two U.S. snowshoers who recently went missing after an avalanche in Banff, Alberta.
The pair have only been identified as a 32-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man from Boston, and they were believed to have been caught in the avalanche on Mount Hector on March 12. According to Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) , the two snowshoers were reported missing after they did not check out of their hotel in Field, British Columbia, located about 26 km west of Lake Louise. Officials say their vehicle was found at a trailhead on Highway 93, otherwise known as Icefields Parkway.
The pair from Boston, Massachusetts went missing on Tuesday after they did not check out of their hotel in Field, B.C., located about 16 miles west of Lake Louise. Officials say their vehicle was found at a trailhead on Highway 93, otherwise known as Icefields Parkway.
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According to the RCMP, the families of the victims have been notified and their identifies will not be released.
The avalanche danger rating remains high through the weekend for Banff and Jasper National parks, as well as Kananaskis Country through the weekend, marking a seasonal high for Alberta and B.C.
"A southwesterly flow on Saturday will drive freezing levels up to the 2000 m [6562 ft.] mark, which will destabilize the snowpack throughout the province," says The Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.
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