Risk was high where father and son, w/Montreal links, were killed in Alta avalanche

A Parks Canada spokesman says the avalanche risk was high in an area where a father and son, reportedly from Montreal or originally from Montreal, were killed when snow rushed down the slope where they had gone to toboggan in Lake Louise, Alta.

The man was said to be 33-years old and the boy 11.

Banff National Park resource conservation manager Bill Hunt says RCMP requested the aid of Parks Canada Search and Rescue personnel to help look for the two on Saturday afternoon.

Hunt says a Parks Canada team found a partially buried toboggan in the avalanche debris and that helped searchers locate the victims at the base of Mount Fairview on the shore of Lake Louise.

Hunt says the area where they were found is an "avalanche slope'' and there are a number of avalanches in that area every year.

He says the avalanche hazard for that region of the park was rated as high, and it isn't in an area where Parks Canada does avalanche control work.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin, but Hunt says it's believed they were tourists and not familiar with the area or the risk.


Photo credit: panoramio.com

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