Thredbo: Sydney teenager is killed while skiing in Thredbo after losing control and hitting a tree


Tragedy as teen, 18, is killed while skiing in Thredbo – as it’s revealed he ‘lost control on a slope, veered off and hit trees’

  • Oliver Johnston, 18, died in a skiing accident at Thredbo on Sunday morning
  • The former Shore student lost control and veered off slope before hitting tree
  • Emergency services were unable to revive the former private school boy
  • His school confirmed the teenager’s death in a statement on Monday 

An 18-year-old former private school boy has tragically died in a skiing accident after losing control at a popular resort.

Oliver Johnston, an 18-year-old ex-student of Shore School in Sydney‘s North, died on Sunday morning at Thredbo after coming off a run and hitting a tree.

The teenager was treated at the scene by emergency services but he was unable to be revived.

Oliver Johnston, an 18-year-old ex-student of Shore School in Sydney's North, died on Sunday morning at Thredbo (pictured) after coming off a run and hitting a tree

Oliver Johnston, an 18-year-old ex-student of Shore School in Sydney’s North, died on Sunday morning at Thredbo (pictured) after coming off a run and hitting a tree

Police say Johnston lost control while coming down a slope at the resort in the NSW Snowy Mountains, veering off the run and into a patch of trees.

Other skiiers noticed he had been injured and called for emergency assistance.

The 18-year-old was rushed to a nearby medical centre where he died.

The school confirmed the death in a statement on Monday, saying Johnston had finished his education last year.

Johnston's former school Shore, in Sydney's north, confirmed the teenager's death in a statement issued on Monday

Johnston’s former school Shore, in Sydney’s north, confirmed the teenager’s death in a statement issued on Monday

‘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,’ headmaster Dr Timothy Petterson said.

‘The accident occurred whilst Oliver was skiing in Thredbo on Sunday morning and the incident is being managed by the relevant authorities.’

Johnston’s younger brother William currently attends the school. Counselling has been offered to current students.

‘Please keep the Johnston family, including William (Year 11), in your thoughts and prayers at this time,’ Dr Petterson said. 

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