Calgary (AB), Canada – A 9-year-old girl airlifted from Nakiska Ski Area following a weekend skiing accident has died.
The victim, who has not been identified at the request of her family, was a member of the U10+ Mount Allen Ski Team and was training with ger group on Nakiska’s green-circle Homesteader run at the time of the incident on Sunday, according to Alberta Alpine. It is believed that she lost control and struck a tree.
The child died later on Sunday at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Her passing was confirmed today by the RCMP and Alberta Alpine.
“It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of the athlete’s passing at Children’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon,” Alberta Alpine said in a statement. “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family who has lost their child. Our hearts are breaking for your loss. The ski race community is small. Our parent leadership teams and professional staff are committed to creating safe environments for children to train, compete and freeski.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends,” said Matt Mosteller, spokesperson for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which owns Nakiska. “We cannot fathom what they are going through and we are deeply saddened by this.”