Teen ski racer dies in hospital after Lake Louise crash

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

A 17-year-old ski racer from a club in Germany has died in a Calgary hospital after being severely injured during a NorAm event at Lake Louise on Tuesday. STARS air ambulance was called to the scene while first aid was provided by on scene by emergency crews to stabilize him.

Burkhart lost control during his training run on the afternoon of December 5 and suffered serious, life-threatening injuries to his lower body.

Burkhart is a member of Ski Club Garmisch in Germany and attends Sugar Bowl Academy in California.

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 passed away yesterday in Canada, after a crash in the Nor-Am Cup race at Lake Louise. French world cup downhill ski racer David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at Nakiska on November 13.

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It is the second alpine racing death this season for ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies.

"It's easy to forget just how unsafe ski racing can be", said Higgins, himself a former NorAm and NCAA skier.

" The FIS alpine family is once again affected by a tragic loss. Devastating news. My condolences to Max's family and friends #R.I.P".

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