The three men who died in the avalanche near Invermere, B.C., were Germans
Avalanche Canada described Wednesday's event as a Class 3 avalanche, meaning it was large enough to destroy a building and sever trees.
The three men who lost their lives in Wednesday's avalanche near Invermere, in southeastern British Columbia, have been identified as German citizens.
According to German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the mayor of the municipality of Eging, east of Munich, confirmed that the three men were from Germany.
Mayor Walter Bauer told the news agency that two of them resided in his small town in Bavaria and the other man was from Munich .
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) say nine foreign visitors and their Canadian guide were engulfed in the avalanche on Wednesday. Police have not released the nationalities or hometowns of the six surviving visitors.
Avalanche Canada had announced the presence of an extremely unstable snowpack over most of British Columbia this season.
The non-profit, non-governmental organization has describes Wednesday's event as a Class 3 avalanche, meaning it was large enough to destroy a building and sever trees.
It is x27;was the sixth deadly avalanche in British Columbia since the season began in November. The total death toll now reaches 12 in this province.
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