10-year-old killed in ski­ing ac­ci­dent dur­ing school trip

Stu­dent was wear­ing a hel­met but still suf­fered se­vere head in­juries, po­lice say

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

We have school groups al­most ev­ery day. Once they’re through their les­son, they’re able to ski on the hill.

A 10-year-old girl has died after strik­ing a pole while she was on a school ski trip in south­west­ern Al­berta.

The Grade 6 stu­dent at Canyon El­e­men­tary School in Pincher Creek was on the planned out­ing Tues­day at the nearby Cas­tle Moun­tain resort.

She had taken a manda­tory ski les­son in the morn­ing with other stu­dents, said resort spokesman Ja­son Craw­ford.

“We have school groups al­most ev­ery day,” he said Wed­nes­day. “Once they’re through their les­son, they ’re able to ski on the hill.”

The school pro­vided chap­er­ones, ei­ther teach­ers or par­ents, he added.

He didn’t know the girl’s level of ski ex­pe­ri­ence but said she had skied at the resort be­fore.

The resort is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent, Craw­ford said, and it ap­pears the girl was alone on a be­gin­ner run when she lost con­trol and went off the run. She struck a wooden pole that was part of a fence mark­ing an out-of-bounds area.

Two other stu­dents wit­nessed the crash and went to get help, said RCMP Sgt. Mark Har­ri­son.

He said the girl was wear­ing a hel­met but suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries.

Resort staff pro­vided first aid be­fore paramedics ar­rived.

Be­cause of strong winds and snow, she could not be air­lifted to hospi­tal, Har­ri­son said.

She was taken by ground am­bu­lance to the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Cal­gary, where she was later pro­nounced dead.

The Liv­ing­stone Range School Di­vi­sion said in a state­ment that it is pro­vid­ing coun­selling to stu­dents at the school and at other di­vi­sion schools.

“The Canyon School Com­mu­nity is dev­as­tated by this loss,” said Canyon School prin­ci­pal Paul Pichurski. “We send our heart­felt con­do­lences to the fam­ily.”

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