Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

A 17-year-old ski racer from a club in Germany has died after he was seriously injured during a NorAm event at Lake Louise.

RCMP say Burkhart succumbed to his injuries Wednesday in hospital.

According to the Calgary Herald, medics "worked for almost 30 minutes to stabilize the youth before he was airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary in a serious, life-threatening condition".

"Our role in situations like this is to assist the Medical Examiner in determining the cause or manner of death, we conduct an investigation at the scene, taking photographs and witness statements, that sort of thing", said Corporal Curtis Peters.

A Lake Louise guest host directs skiers off the mountain after a power failure shut down all operations prior to the women's World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alta., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

Max Burkhart was a member of Skiclub Partenkirchen in Germany and officials from the club confirmed that he was badly injured during the NorAm competition. He says he skied the course before the race was cancelled and that conditions were good at the time.

Lake Louise spokesperson Dan Markham called the death a "terrible tragedy", adding the ski resort staff are sending their sympathies to Burkhart's family and tesmmates.

"Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine are devastated about this tragic loss of life and sends its deepest condolences to his family and team mates".

"Our thoughts are with Max's family, friends, teammates, and coaches at this most hard time".