STARS Air Ambulance crews were dispatched after a competitive skier suffered a devastating training injury west of Calgary on Tuesday.
At around 2:20 p.m., emergency crews were called to the downhill race course at Lake Louise Ski Resort for reports of an injured skier, said EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux.
There, ski patrol and Banff EMS found a 17-year-old male suffering grievous lower-body injuries after a high-speed collision and immediately called for STARS to attend the scene.
STARS attended the scene for nearly 25 minutes while crews attempted to stabilize the patient before departing for Foothills.
Lake Louise officials confirm the skier was competing in the Nor-Am Cup, a sanctioned race on the International Ski Federation tour.
With Tuesday designated as a practice day, the men’s and ladies’ downhill is scheduled to begin Wednesday, with the Super G set to begin on Friday.
No information is available on the identity or nationality of the injured skier.
Tuesday’s crash comes just three weeks after French downhill skier David Poisson was killed in during a training run in nearby Nakiska.
Killed on Nov. 13, the 35-year-old World Cup skier died after catching an edge and colliding with a tree.
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