Parks Canada visitor safety specialists are currently waiting for better conditions before they begin searching for two missing snowshoers that are believed to have been caught in an avalanche north of Lake Louise.
The two people were reported missing after they didn't check out of their Field, B.C. hotel on Tuesday (March 15) according to Lake Louise RCMP.
In a press release, RCMP indicated they received notification from hotel staff of the overdue guests from Boston, Mass., and later located a vehicle rented by them at a trail head north of Lake Louise on Highway 93.
The location of the rental vehicle, however, was near an area that had recently experienced an avalanche and as a result Parks Canada rescuers were called in to begin the search.
The search, according to Parks officials, is being hampered by the currently high avalanche conditions in the area. Control work is expected to be complete before a ground search can begin. According to Parks Canada the area remains closed as efforts continue to conduct a safe search of the area.
According to RCMP, the families of the missing people have been notified and local law enforcement would not identify them.
Anyone heading into the backcountry to recreate is urged to be prepared for high and considerable avalanche conditions in the alpine, treeline and below treeline.
According to the website, for the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, the entire snowpack is sitting on top of a structurally weak base, which is producing large avalanches. Go to www.avalanche.ca to check conditions before heading into avalanche terrain.