KANANASKIS, Alta. – An avalanche that crashed down a mountain in the Kananaskis area southwest of Calgary captured a team of eight, burying one person and injuring others on Saturday.
Kananaskis Country Public Safety has posted on Facebook that the group was well below the snow line on Mount Lawson when the slide started much higher.
The post says that a person was completely buried but was dug by others, and that two people sustained fatal injuries.
He says the avalanche was probably triggered by the afternoon heat at around 2,800 meters and traveled a significant distance, reaching the group in a gorge.
The group was not equipped with avalanche rescue equipment, the post says.
Kananaskis Country Public Safety warns that it is still very snowy at higher altitudes, and climbers, climbers and scramblers must keep it in mind for the next few weeks.