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With saddened hearts we share the news of the tragic accident that claimed the life of local ski club athlete, Cole Anderson. We would like to extend our condolences to the Anderson family as they are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Over the years we've had the pleasure of getting to know Cole and the Anderson Family, and he will be remembered as a great young man and an excellent athlete.
Mount Washington Ski Club Release:
TRAGIC ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF MOUNT WASHINGTON SKI CLUB ATHLETE, LEADER AND MENTOR
Cole Anderson, a U18 FIS level athlete with the Mt. Washington Ski Club on Vancouver Island was tragically killed March 21, 2015 while skiing at Whistler Blackcomb. He was free skiing with his teammates and coach after a day of ski race training at the Dave Murray National Training Centre on Whistler Mountain. They had just completed a challenging run on Blackcomb and were on their last run when he slipped and fell over a cliff. He was skiing on terrain that was well within his capabilities when the accident occurred. His teammates reached him very quickly and their coach, a trained paramedic, took control of the situation and immediately called for ski patrol who arrived within a few minutes. Despite their best efforts Cole succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Cole had been a member of the Mt. Washington Ski Club for over ten years and was a committed ski racer, representing his club provincially and nationally. He was a talented athlete who found joy when skiing. He loved to spend time with his teammates, and liked nothing better than carving turns on the race course or in fresh powder. He was also an emerging leader and the younger club athletes looked up to him for his skill, ready smile and easy going manner.
The Mt. Washington Ski Club is a tight knit group of families and we are all grieving together at this time of loss. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Cole’s mum and dad, Michele and Terry, who are committed club volunteers, and his sister Nicola, who is a former ski racer and club coach, and their family. While it is hard to comprehend the loss of Cole, we take solace that he was doing something he loved to do with people who cared for him, and we shall cherish his memory. He was a fine young man who was looking forward to all that the world had to offer after he graduated from high school this year. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
"We are shocked and saddened by this tragic accident," said Bruce Goldsmid, BC Alpine CEO. "On behalf of the alpine ski racing community, our thoughts are with the Anderson family and the Mt. Washington Ski Club. The ski racing community in British Columbia is like a family and we are all devastated by this loss.”