Mt. Hector - lower part of the drainage just above
Approximately 20 km north of Lake Louise townsite
51.60498 °, -116.29850 °
Snowshoeing & Hiking
On Sunday March 12, two people walked up Hector Creek using snowshoes. Approximately 800 meters up the trail they turned and walked up the steep lower bowl of the Mt. Hector approach.
On Tuesday, March 14 they were reported having not checked out from their hotel. A subsequent trailhead search found their vehicle parked at the Hector Creek trailhead. 800 meters up the trail, search and rescue teams found their snowshoe trail leading into a large pile of avalanche debris and one person was observed partially buried.
Precipitation Type & Intensity
Snowpack Comment: Very weak depth hoar base overloaded with 70 cm of storm snow in 10 days then a significant rise in temperature.