The family of a Calgarian killed in an avalanche while hiking with a friend say the man was an avid hiker and father of two.

James Hoshizaki, 39, was married for 15 years and had two sons, aged five and eight, according to sister-in-law Karen Ball.

“Like many people in Calgary he loved to get outdoors and go hiking when he could. But he also knew of the dangers and risks involved,” Ball told Metro.

“He was hiking for over 15 years, and was best described as an outdoorsman.”

Rescue crews continue to search for his body. Officials do not suspect foul play.

Recovery efforts have been hampered due to poor weather and steep terrain, though officials have found his hiking pack.