According to CBC News, a 17-year-old ski racer has passed away after a crash at Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada. Max Burkhart, a ski racer from Germany, was partaking in a downhill event at the resort on Tuesday, when he went off of the course and into a safety net. After crashing, ski patrollers and EMS worked to stabilize him as STARS Airlift Ambulance was dispatched to the scene.
“Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine are devastated about this tragic loss of life and sends its deepest condolences to his family and teammates,” Alpine Canada said in a release.
The STARS Air Ambulance transported the teen to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Sadly, Max succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Wednesday. Details of the crash haven’t been released yet, but it is a sad day among the ski racing community. Our thoughts are with Max’s friends and family during this difficult time.
“Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athletes’ family and teammate through this difficult time,” stated Alpine Canada in a release.