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Hiker found dead after avalanche in western Canada

Hiker found dead after avalanche in western Canada

A hiker who was swept away by an avalanche near a popular western Canadian ski resort was found dead Thursday, the latest in a series of avalanche deaths in the region.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Patrick Webb said the 37-year-old man was found under about a foot of snow and debris a day after an avalanche hit Banff National Park, near Canmore, Alberta.
Webb said the man was hiking with a friend northeast of the Three Sisters dam, south of the town of Canmore, when the avalanche hit Wednesday afternoon. His identity was not released pending positive identification by the medical examiner.
An initial search Wednesday was called off as darkness set in and rescuers grew concerned about the possibility of another avalanche, the RCMP said.
Although the avalanche danger in the area was not specified as particularly high, the region where the men were hiking was not an easily accessible hiking trail, said Webb.
"At the same time, all of the mountains right now are in high danger of avalanche. Snow conditions and weather conditions put the danger up to extreme, and in this case it did come down," Webb said.
There have been 14 people killed in avalanches in western Canada in the past several weeks, including one that buried eight snowmobilers late last month near Fernie, British Columbia.