Sydney school mourning death of teen skier after Thredbo tragedy

·News Reporter
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An 18-year-old boy who lost his life while skiing in the NSW Snowy Mountains has been identified as a graduate of Shore School in Sydney's north.

Oliver Johnston, who only finished high school last year, died during a visit to Thredbo ski resort on the weekend.

Emergency services say the teen from Killara lost control on the slope just before 11am on Sunday and veered off the hill before crashing into trees.

Fellow skiers rushed to his aid and alerted the ski patrol.

The ski lift at Thredbo Ski Resort
The 18-year-old skier died after losing control on a slope at Thredbo and crashing into a tree. Source: AAP

The teenager was treated on the snow before being taken to a nearby medical centre, but he was unable to be saved and died soon after.

The Principal of Shore School has since issued a letter to parents, expressing his grief.

“It is with deep sadness that I write to advise you of an accident that has resulted in the tragic death of Old Boy, Oliver Johnston (2021 Leaver),” Dr Timothy Petterson said.

“We are mindful of the network of students, Old Boys and parents who may be impacted directly or indirectly by this tragedy.”

Shore School
The teen had only graduated from Shore School in Sydney's north last year. Source: Google Maps

Dr Petterson said the school is supporting the family during this difficult time, with Oliver’s younger brother also enrolled at the school.

“Please keep the Johnston family, including William (Year 11), in your thoughts and prayer.”

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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