December 6, 2017 8:04 pm
Updated: December 7, 2017 3:43 pm

17-year-old German skier dies after serious crash at Lake Louise

STARS Air Ambulance lands at Foothills Hospital in Calgary with a skier from Lake Louise, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

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

Alpine Canada confirmed Max Burkhart died in hospital on Wednesday.

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The skier was taken to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary by STARS air ambulance after crashing into safety netting at about 2:20 p.m.

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“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 said in a release.

“Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athlete’s family and teammates through this difficult time.”

Burkhart was competing at the Nor-Am Cup when the accident happened.

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

Lake Louise spokesperson Dan Markham called the death a “terrible tragedy,” adding the ski resort staff are sending their sympathies to Burkhart’s family and teammates.

RCMP said in a release Wednesday that the medical examiner is investigating his death.

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