Canadian authorities said two missing tourists visiting Alberta, Canada, from Boston, Massachusetts, were confirmed deceased on Friday (March 17) when their bodies were found at the scene of an avalanche. It is expected to reopen by Sunday afternoon.
Police say the two people from Boston did not check out of their hotel Tuesday and their vehicle was found at a trail head on the Icefields Parkway.
Their auto was located this week in in Banff National Park on the Icefields Parkway.
"There's snowshoe tracks going into that avalanche debris and not coming out", she said.
Parks Canada released images showing where two American snowshoers were caught in an avalanche.
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Parks Canada said a helicopter flying over the area had picked up signals from two radio distress transmitters. "We were unable to start a rescue recovery due to the avalanche risk in the area so we called in our location and returned back to the road to meet the rest of the search and rescue team".
Parks Canada v isitor safety specialists hiked up the mountain and saw that the area had been hit by one or more avalanches, but conditions were too risky for most of the week to send searchers into the area.
A ridge of high pressure builds for Friday, which has the rating at considerable for Friday.
Police have notified the families of those missing but have not named them. The hotel had told officials that the pair were on a snowshoeing trip.