Missing snowshoers from Boston presumed dead after Canadian avalanche

  • Missing snowshoers from Boston presumed dead after Canadian avalanche

Missing snowshoers from Boston presumed dead after Canadian avalanche

Parks Canada said the area is now closed and are reminding people that entering a closed area isn't permitted.

The 120-km stretch was expected to re-open Thursday evening.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Parks Canada said they were working to locate the two missing snowshoers, who are believed to have been caught in an avalanche in Banff National Park, north of Lake Louise.

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

The two snowshoers, who were internal medicine residents, according to Massachusetts General Hospital, had gone missing in Alberta and are believed to have been killed in an avalanche.

They were staying at a lodge in the province of British Columbia, and police say they found the couple's rental vehicle Tuesday at a trail head along a highway.

Officials say avalanche conditions in the region are high and search crews can not access the site. "Avalanche control work will be conducted as conditions allow and Parks Canada is hopeful that conditions will improve over the coming days so that a ground search can take place".

Parks Canada and RCMP were asked to initiate a search for two people on Tuesday. However, the recovery was being hampered by weather and the risk of further avalanches.

After a fly-over of the region, rescue workers said they had picked up transceiver signals that could belong to the hikers, but they were unable to see any evidence the hikers had survived.

The families of the missing people have been notified, but their identities have not been released.