Maskwacis RCMP are investigating the death of a pedestrian who died on Highway 2A on March 14. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain

JASPER, Alta. — Parks Canada says two people have died in an avalanche on an Alberta mountain popular with climbers.

Steve Young, a communications officer with Jasper National Park, says the slab avalanche occurred Sunday morning on Mount Andomeda in the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta. There were no other reported injuries.

Jasper RCMP were contacted by Parks Canada regarding an avalanche that had occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Young had no information about what brought the two victims to the area, but says the mountain is known as a popular climbing destination.

Young did not have any information about the identities or home towns of those who died.

STARS Air Ambulance had dispatched three helicopters to the area.

Spokeswoman Deborah Tetley says the choppers later “stood down” because they were “not medically required.”