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B.C. man, 19, dies in avalanche while skiing in Alberta backcountry

By The Canadian Press on March 11, 2024.

The RCMP logo is seen in Surrey, B.C., on April 13, 2018. A man from British Columbia has died after being caught in an avalanche in Alberta.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CANMORE, Alta. – A man from British Columbia has died after being caught in an avalanche in Alberta.

RCMP say two men were skiing in the backcountry on Sunday afternoon when the avalanche happened.

One man was able to dig himself out, but the other was buried.

Police say the deceased has been identified as a 19-year-old from Kelowna, B.C.

The avalanche took place east of the Mount Engadine Lodge on Tower Peak in Kananaskis.

Avalanche Canada says the snowpack in the area is “tricky” at the moment, with several skier-triggered slides reported in the past 24 hours.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 11, 2024.

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