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Father and son die in Lake Louise avalanche

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 10:58 AM -

Avalanches have claimed three more lives since Friday, as conditions make the deadly slides more likely.

Two of the victims were a father and son who were caught by an avalanche at Lake Louise in Alberta on Saturday. 

The Canadian Press reports their bodies were found in the afternoon at the base of Mount Fairview by a Parks Canada dog handler.

The other fatality was a 36-year-old Saskatchewan man, who died from injuries sustained in an avalanche near Blue River, B.C. on Friday.

In Alberta's Banff National Park, a 38-year-old Calgary man was critically injured on Saturday after he and several other skiers were caught in an avalanche.

The latest deaths are in addition to four others that took place over a six-day period last week, including two in the Lake Louise area last weekend.

DON'T MISS: Check back at www.theweathernetwork.com on Wednesday for our feature examining the recent avalanche incidents.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre is warning outdoor enthusiasts to be extra vigilant this season: 

Warming conditions and a high snow pack have greatly increased the risk of avalanches, with the Canadian Avalanche Centre warning of high risk over almost all mountain regions Sunday, and Parks Canada has issued several avalanche warnings, including for Banff.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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