Searchers and tracking dogs uncovered the bodies of nine skiers who died in a massive avalanche that tore through the Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia, a lawyer for Canadian Mountain Holidays said Wednesday.

Martin Von Neudegg said names of the victims, all from outside Canada, would not be released until the next of kin were notified.Von Neudegg said details of the deaths in the remote location in southeastern British Columbia, about 120 miles west of Banff, were sketchy. The avalanche reportedly happened about 7 p.m. EDT and the bodies were discovered several hours later by a team of searchers and tracking dogs. The helicopter pilot and ski guide reportedly escaped injury.