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The area on Runner Peak on Vancouver's North Shore where emergency search crews were looking for a snowshoer missing since Monday.

/The Canadian Press

Searchers discovered the body of a missing snowshoer in avalanche debris on Vancouver’s North Shore on Wednesday, two days after he was swept away.

Peter Haigh of North Shore Search and Rescue said searchers made the discovery on Runner Peak, north of Mount Seymour, adding that the BC Coroners Service will investigate the cause of death.

The man appears to have suffered trauma when the avalanche hit, Mr. Haigh said.

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The mother of the 39-year-old Surrey, B.C., snowshoer has identified him as Remi Michalowski.

He was swept away on Monday by an avalanche that pushed his 30-year-old hiking companion up against a tree, leaving him uninjured and able to call for help.

The younger man was airlifted out of the area late on Monday, while darkness and a subsequent snowstorm forced suspension of search efforts for almost 36 hours.

Searchers with specially trained dogs returned to the challenging area Wednesday morning to search through the debris pile left by the avalanche.

Mr. Haigh is urging people to be careful on the slopes.

“Avalanches, they’re so bloody dangerous and they’re so unpredictable," he said. "It’s very, very frustrating.”

Avalanche Canada has upgraded the slide risk to “considerable” in the treeline of the South Coast mountains where the man’s body was found. A post on the Avalanche Canada website says “an unusual, weak layer makes steep and convex terrain features particularly dangerous.”

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Heavy snow has fallen across southern B.C. over the past 10 days and Avalanche Canada says 30 to 50 centimetres of new snow on the mountains is poorly bonded to the base, with the problem especially pronounced on the North Shore.

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