Bodies of missing American snowshoers recovered near Lake Louise

Francis Osborne
March 28, 2017

The closing comes after two American snowshoers were presumed to have died in an avalanche north of Lake Louise.

The missing snowshoers were recovered on Friday morning at about 10:30 a.m., after avalanche conditions were deemed safe enough to conduct the recovery operation, Parks Canada said.

The man and woman, both 32, were reported missing last week.

"The area is closed and we would like to remind people that entering a closed area is not permitted", Parks Canada said in a statement.

Authorities said that the rescue team found snowshoe tracks leading to avalanche debris. They found no tracks coming out. "But venturing off the property or into the back country is clearly not being advised by those agencies (Parks and Avalanche Canada)".

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

A helicopter that flew over the area picked up signals from two radio transceiver's that leads them to believe that the two people are buried in the snow.

Because of risky conditions, crews weren't able to get into the area until Friday.

The names of the hikers were not immediately released as officials notified family members.

"Parks Canada Safety Specialists hiked up the Mount Hector trail and came upon an avalanche scene where they were able to determine that the two individuals had been caught in that avalanche", said Peters.

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