During the evening of Sunday March 20th, RCMP received a report of an overdue male who was reportedly snow shoeing in the Tent Ridge area of the Spray Valley Provincial Park. Members of the Kananaskis Public Safety Team along with Kananaskis Conservation Officers began an air search of the area at daylight on Monday March 21. During the search, an avalanche debris field was observed on Tent Ridge. With the assistance of Parks Canada Warden Dog Service, the debris field was searched, and an adult male was located completely buried. Emergency crews worked to free the male who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A 55 year old Canmore resident was identified as the deceased. It appeared that the solo snowshoer triggered the size 3.0 avalanche. He had been reportedly snowshoeing in the area since the early morning of Sunday March 20th. The deceased was not wearing a transceiver at the time. It appears that the male was caught in the avalanche and succumbed to his injuries.
RCMP are continuing the investigation into the death, in conjunction with the Calgary Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. It is unknown at this time what factors, if any, contributed to the accident. Investigators do not believe that the death is suspicious in nature.
The name of the deceased is not being released by Police at this time.