Parks Canada says two people have died after being buried in an avalanche near Lake Louise. Another three were uninjured.
A Parks Canada official said the two victims were visiting from Spain. Lisa Paulson said they were part of group of five who were showshoeing an area near the bottom of a steep slope on Lake Agnes.
The snowshoers were not equipped with avalanche equipment, according to another Parks Canada representative.
Officials said the group was at the bottom of a steep slope and triggered an avalanche on Lake Agnes around 3 p.m. The three who weren’t caught in the slide called for help on their cellphones and managed to pull one of their companions out.
Parks Canada safety crews took four of the snowshoers away from the site then triggered two more avalanches.
They say once the area was deemed safe, a search dog was brought in to find the remaining snowshoer.