December 8, 2015

Alberta Alpine Statement

(Canmore, AB) – This past Sunday, December 6th, a U10+ member of the Mt. Allen Ski Team was rushed to the Alberta Children’s Hospital via STARS after an accident at Nakiska. The athlete was skiing with her group on “Homesteader” when it is believed that the athlete lost control and hit a tree off the main trail. It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of the athlete’s passing at Children’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon. At this time, we do not have any additional information regarding this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the athlete’s family, friends, her coaches and teammates during this difficult time.

Our team at Alberta Alpine is stunned by the tragic news from this weekend.

Skiing is a sport that brings us great joy, but today it has brought great sadness.

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.

Sadly, our sport is not without some inherent dangers. Everyday the staff and volunteers at Alberta Alpine work with our member ski clubs and teams to reduce risk and increase participant safety. We follow the highest standards and share best practices from governing bodies throughout the world. Every single day we work to ensure our children are participating in the safest possible manner.

Alberta Alpine will work with our member clubs to learn from this tragic accident. All learnings will be shared, not only within our member teams, but also throughout Canada.

Again, we are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

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