An afternoon of snowshoeing near Lake Louise ended in tragedy for a group visiting from Spain.
According to Lisa Paulson, Parks Canada Visitor safety specialist, the five Spaniards, who are believed to be in their twenties, were traversing an area near the bottom of a steep slope on Lake Agnes, approximately six kilometres from Lake Louise, when they triggered an avalanche at approximately 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
One man and his girlfriend were fully engulfed by the slide. The three remaining members of their group, two men and one woman, were buried in waist deep snow. After successfully removing themselves from the snow, the three attempted to locate free their friends while placing a cell phone call for help. The snowshoers were not equipped with avalanche equipment.