Oliver Johnston, former Shore student, dies after Thredbo ski accident

A teenager who died after crashing into trees at the Thredbo ski resort in southern NSW has been identified as a former student at Shore School in northern Sydney.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, emergency services were called to the ski areas after 18-year-old Oliver Johnston lost control of the slope, turned off the hill and hit trees.

The lifts at Thredbo on the season's opening day.

The lifts at Thredbo on the season’s opening day. Credit:Thredbo

Police said other skiers noticed the accident and alerted the ski patrol.

Johnston was treated on the snow and taken to the nearby medical center, but he was unable to be rescued and died shortly after.

Shore Rector Dr. Timothy Petterson said in a letter to parents that Johnston graduated last year and that his brother William, in year 11, is still in school.

“It is with deep sorrow that I write to advise you of an accident which has resulted in the tragic death of Old Boy Oliver Johnston,” he said.

“The school supports the family in this difficult time. We are aware of the network of students, Old Boys and parents who may be directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy. “

Petterson said counseling was provided to students and asked the school community to pray for the Johnston family.

The police will prepare a report for the forensic pathologist.

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