Ten-year-old girl dies after ski accident at Castle Mountain Resort

Castle Mountain resort

That's how residents of a close-knit southwestern Alberta town are describing Tuesday's tragic death of a Grade 6 Pincher Creek student - killed after losing control on a ski hill during a school-sanctioned field trip.

A 10-year-old girl died in hospital Tuesday night after hitting a pole while skiing at a ski resort in southern Alberta.

"The Canyon School Community is devastated by this loss", said Canyon School principal Paul Pichurski of the The Livingstone Range School Division, which is providing counselling to students at the school.

The student was wearing a helmet at the time but still suffered serious head injuries in the crash, the RCMP said.

"We have school groups nearly every day", resort spokesman Jason Crawford told the Canadian Press Wednesday.

Castle Mountain staff were first on the scene and provided aid until emergency personnel from Pincher Creek arrived.

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Due to the weather, police said the girl was taken to hospital by ground ambulance. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the family".

Victim Services is working with the family of the girl, as well as the Canyon Elementary school students and staff, according to RCMP.

The name of the girl, who attended Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek, will not be released.

The investigation into the incident is now being conducted by the medical examiner with assistance from Pincher Creek RCMP.

Castle Mountain Ski Resort is located about 145 kilometres southwest of Lethbridge.

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