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Alberta Snowshoer Dies After Spray Valley Avalanche

03/22/2016 02:54 EDT | Updated 03/22/2016 02:59 EDT

CANMORE, Alta. — Searchers have recovered the body of a man who died in a massive avalanche while snowshoeing in Alberta's Kananaskis Country.

RCMP at Canmore say they got word Sunday evening about a 55-year-old local resident who was overdue from a hike earlier in the day into the Tent Ridge area of Spray Valley Provincial Park.

An air search Monday turned up signs of an avalanche debris field on the ridge.

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The debris field from Sunday's avalanche. (Photo: Kananaskis Country Public Safety/Facebook)

The man's completely buried body was found when a ground crew went in to check the area.

Police say it appears the solo snowshoer triggered a 3.0 slide, which the Canadian Avalanche Centre says is big enough to destroy a small building or bury trees.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was not wearing a transceiver at the time.

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