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The missing Alberta snowmobile is found on a mountain near Revelstoke, B.C.



A search and rescue mission found three Alberta snowmobiles missing at Revelstoke, B.C. mountain, a family member notifies CBC.

Ryan Pyper, 40, from Red Deer, Alt., Took a weekend snowmobile trip with friend Todd Kennedy, 45, and son Todd, Braydon, 21, according to Ryan's brother-in-law Ryan Davidson.

Davidson was told at around 4 pm MST Saturday that his brother-in-law and two of his friends had been found by the search and rescue team.

"They were found in a cabin on a mountain. I think they were all very cold," Davidson said.

No one was injured, he added. The people were found without their snowmobile.

Little is known at this time about what happened to them, said Davidson.

"What I know is that they are quite cold and clearly happy that they were found," he said.

"Thank God they're safe."

Weekend trip

The three left central Alberta on Thursday and are expected to return home on Saturday or Sunday, said Pyper's wife, Rozanne.

When he didn't hear from her husband on Saturday morning, Pyper began to worry.

"Your thoughts go through all the different scenarios," he said. "To be honest we are trying to keep positive things and hope for the best today that the three of them come from living and healthy mountains."

The three were last heard from Friday morning at 7:40 a.m., when Braydon posted on Snapchat a photo of one of the snowmobiles, he said. Ryan is also in contact with his mother-in-law, Pyper said.

Screenshot of the Snapchat Braydon Kennedy account. The photo was posted on Friday, December 28, 2018 (Rozanne Pyper)

When hotel staff confirmed that they were not in their room on Saturday morning, Pyper reported that her husband had disappeared to BC. RCMP.

He also told Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, who confirmed to Pyper that Ryan's truck was still in the parking lot at the Boulder Mountain base at Revelstoke on Saturday.

Search and save

Search and rescue operations, including helicopters and unknown "boots on land" were sent, Pyper said.

Poor visibility due to heavy snow makes search and rescue missions difficult, said Davidson.

Revelstoke is under winter storm warning at 2:30 a.m. MST Saturday and "dangerous winter conditions" are expected to occur in the region, according to the Environment Canada website.

SM RCMP has not yet responded to several calls and emails sent by CBC News.

A member of Revelstoke Snowmobile Club declined to comment but confirmed to CBC News Revelstoke Search and Rescue was involved in the search.

The club also posted on their Facebook page, saying "we lost the driver again. [Search and rescue] contacted, we might have to turn off Boulder to search. "

The organization also shares Facebook Pyper posts in the comments section.

Pyper, along with his sister and mother-in-law, traveled to Revelstoke on Saturday afternoon to help with the search.

Diligent outsiders

This is not the first snowmobile trip for Ryan, who is described as a diligent outsider traveling by his wife.

Both Ryan and Todd have traveled together in the past, and the two families often camp together in the summer.

Pyper believed that Braydon had no experience with snowmobiles like the other two men.

Photo file of Boulder Mountain at Revelstoke, B.C. (Scott Magnusson)

He said that her husband always prepared the trip and this trip was no different. He said the people were carrying four snowmobiles, with the fourth being used as a backup in case something went wrong, Pyper said.


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