German ski racer dies from injuries at Lake Louise

German ski racer dies from injuries at Lake Louise

German ski racer dies from injuries at Lake Louise

A 17-year-old German skier involved in a serious crash at Lake Louise Ski Resort on Tuesday has died.

Banff EMS and ski patrol worked for almost 30 minutes to stabilize the youth before being airlifted to Foothills hospital in Calgary in serious, life-threatening condition.

The death of 17-year-old ski racer Max Burkhart was confirmed by Alpine Canada which is the national governing body of Canadian skiing and the group that sanctioned the North American Cup (Nor-Am) race.

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On Dec. 6, Burkhart succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Emergency crews from Banff tried to treat the boy on the hill before the air ambulance arrived.

He was a member of the Skiclub Partenkirchen in Germany and attended the Sugar Bowl Academy in Tahoe, California.

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The RCMP is assisting the office of the Medical Examiner in investigating the death and no criminal charges are expected.

Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine released a statement Wednesday expressing their sadness at the unfortunate accident.

A spokesperson for Alpine Canada said they are devastated about this tragic loss of life. French world cup downhill ski racer David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at Nakiska on November 13. "Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athletes' family and teammate through this hard time".

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