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A dangerous and deadly weekend on the slopes

The death toll continues to rise in what was a dangerous weekend on Alberta and B.C. slopes.


The death toll continues to rise in what was a dangerous weekend on Alberta and B.C. slopes.

An avalanche in the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park reportedly killed an Alberta man skiing in a group of 15 yesterday morning.


A helicopter was dispatched to the scene of the incident, roughly 600 kilometres west of Calgary, but poor weather conditions forced recovery efforts to be put on hold until this morning.


The individual has yet to be identified.


This incident came just one day after Calgary-area brothers Mark and Rob Glaser were buried and killed in a slide around 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Burstall Pass area of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. A slide occurred one hour prior Saturday at the Fernie Alpine Resort, trapping seven teenage skiers. All were recovered promptly without suffering serious injury.


Large amounts of snow, moderate winds and rising temperatures have all been pointed to as factors in the weekend avalanches.

 
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