German ski racer dies from injuries at Lake Louise

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. A 17-year-old ski racer from a club in Germany has

Burkhart suffered lower body injuries and had surgery at Foothills Hospital on Tuesday evening.

EMS crews and doctors at the resort treated the teen at the scene and he was flown to Calgary by air ambulance.

"Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine are devastated about this tragic loss of life and sends its deepest condolences to his family and teammates".

The 17-year-old German crashed into safety netting during the Nor-Am Cup race at Lake Louise on Tuesday and was airlifted to hospital, but died on Wednesday.

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"Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athlete's family and teammates through this hard time". Max Burkhart passed away yesterday in Canada, after a crash in the Nor-Am Cup race at Lake Louise.

Former competitive skier and Ski Racing Media senior editor Sean Higgins tells Postmedia these sorts of tragedies weigh heavily on the close-knit competitive skiing community. French world cup downhill ski racer David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at Nakiska on November 13.

"The tragic deaths of Max and David Poisson are sombre reminders of the risks these athletes take every day they are on the hill - the global skiing community is small and losses like these hit us hard".

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