Avalanche fatalities on the rise

STARS air ambulance lifts off for Calgary, with a man who was caught in an avalanche near Lake...

STARS air ambulance lifts off for Calgary, with a man who was caught in an avalanche near Lake Louise, Alberta on Saturday March 15, 2014. Al Charest/Calgary Sun

Jenna McMurray, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET

In just over a week. between March 8 and Sunday, eight people lost their lives as the result of avalanches in Alberta and B.C..

On Sunday, Calgary’s Gregory Di Valentin died after he was caught in an avalanche while skiing near Hwy. 93, north of Lake Louise on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the bodies of a father and his 11-year-old son — identified as Gabriel and Oliver Mironov of Quebec — were found near Lake Louise after they were apparently caught in an avalanche while tobogganing, possibly several days earlier.

The three fatalities follow the deaths of three snowmobilers in separate incidents last week and two snowshoers caught in a slide near Lake Louise March 8.

The total number of avalanche-related deaths since the start of the 2014 season, which began Oct. 1, 2013, is 13.


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