On December 5th during a NorAm competition in Lake Louise, Canada 17-year-old German skier Max Burkhart lost control during a downhill run.
Burkhart suffered serious, life-threatening injuries to his lower body in the crash. Burkhart was transported to Foothills Hospital in Calgary via the STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition.
On Dec. 6, Burkhart passed away as a result of his injuries.
A teammate told CTV News that he skied the course before the race was cancelled and that conditions were good at the time.
Lake Louise Statement:
“The Locke family and all the staff at Lake Louise have been holding out hope since yesterday that this would have a better outcome,” said Lake Louise spokesperson Dan Markham. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his teammates and everyone involved.”
Alpine Canada released the following statement:
“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 and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athletes’ family and teammate through this difficult time.”
Burkhart is a member of Ski Club Garmisch in Germany and attended Sugar Bowl Academy in California.
*Our deepest condolences go out to Max’s friends and family.
Find the entire CTV News article here: German skier succumbs to injuries sustained during NorAm Cup competition at Lake Louise