The Alaska Department of Transportation uses the DaisyBell device on Tuesday to precisely trigger controlled avalanches above Thane Road, reducing the chances of a catastrophic natural avalanche. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Skier dies in avalanche on mountain in Banff National Park

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A skier from Alberta has died in an avalanche while he and another skier were on a mountain in Banff National Park.

Parks Canada says two male skiers from Canmore, Alta., were on the northeast face of Haddo Peak in the Lake Louise area on Monday when the avalanche was triggered.

One skier managed to escape, but the second was swept away and killed in the slide.

Avalanche Canada says on its website that the skier who died was carried 600 metres through extreme terrain.

It says the survivor was able to descend and find and then dig out his partner, but the man had died.

At the time, Parks Canada says avalanche conditions were listed as moderate.

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