A man and a woman from Boston are missing in Alberta, Canada, after they disappeared while snowshoeing just north of Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, where searchers later found signs of a recent avalanche, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists and the Mounted Police are searching for the pair, according to RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters. He declined to release their identities.
Peters said the pair were reported missing on Tuesday, after they failed to check out of their hotel. Officials found their car a short distance away, on Highway 93 North in Banff National Park on the Icefields Parkway. The hotel had told officials that the pair were on a snowshoeing trip.
When Parks Canada searchers started up the trail that the pair had likely followed, Peters said, they found “a fairly significant avalanche” had hit the area.
Officials believe the duo was caught in the avalanche.
Avalanche conditions in the area remain high, according to a statement from Parks Canada, and rescuers have not been able to safely venture into the avalanche site.
The families of both snowshoers have been notified, Peters said.