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Tue., March 18, 2014, 6 a.m.

Canada reels from rash of avalanche fatalities

Stunning vistas greet cross-country skiers in the immense wilderness of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. In 1985, the United Nations designated the park a World Heritage Site. (Associated Press)
Stunning vistas greet cross-country skiers in the immense wilderness of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. In 1985, the United Nations designated the park a World Heritage Site. (Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS -- Five avalanche deaths in a week — the first in Banff National Park since 2008 — have prompted a plea from safety officials for backcountry users to be cautious in tricky snow conditions.

It has also sparked a discussion about how to better raise awareness about dangerous conditions.

See the story:

Parks Canada to review warning process after avalanches kill 7




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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