Yesterday, tragedy struck Edmonton, British Columbia as 16-year-old Skyler Lockwood passed away while on a high school ski trip. He was a student at J. Percy Page High School and loved his family, his hockey and his Halo.
While on a trip to Panorama, BC with his classmates, Skyler hit a tree while skiing and was pronounced dead later at Invermere Hospital.
Grief counselors were brought into the high school yesterday to speak with anyone who wished. A memorial will soon be planned as well. Principal Audrey Gibson said that “we plan to set up an area in the middle of the school where they can write to Skyler and kind of deal with their emotions in that way”.
Friend Chantaye Osmond commented, “”We miss him very dearly and we all love him, and it sucks he had to die at the age of 16,” she said. “He was a really, really good kid. He was loved by everyone, he was nice, he was full of energy, and everyone will miss his smile and his laughter.”
Skyler and friends were skiing an intermediate, blue, run when he lost control and struck a tree, damaging his head and internal organs. He was wearing a helmet. “A friend saw him go by rather quickly and lose control,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Shehovac Markostaff.
“It was clear, it was calm, it was sunny and the temperature was -8 C. It was a very beautiful day,” said Marke Dickson, the marketing manager of Panorama Mountain Village, west of Radium and about 600 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.
“I can tell you it is one of the main runs on the mountain. It is groomed every night; it’s a nice ski run.”
The rest of the students and teachers returned home after this accident. This is the first accident that has occurred during the school’s annual ski trips.
Our deep condolences go out to the friends and family of Skyler Lockwood.