Updated: One injured in avalanche west of Nordegg

Four people were caught in an avalanche west of Nordegg.

At about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, the people were climbing in the Kitty Hawk ice climbing area, when the avalanche occurred.

The Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue – Mountain Rescue Team was deployed to the location along with STARS Air Ambulance.

One man was injured while climbers were climbing an ice wall. The four managed to walk off the mountain to the roadway.

The injured climber was treated on scene by EMS from Nordegg and was airlifted to Edmonton for his non-life threatening injuries.

The climbing area is part of Mount Elliot, located about 50 kilometres west of Nordegg on Hwy 11.

Avalanche conditions, according to Parks Canada, nearby show a considerable risk in the area below the treeline, a moderate risk at the treeline and low risk in the alpine region.

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