Picture of Oliver Johnston, from Shore School, who slammed into a tree, skiing in Thredbo and died
A teenager who crashed into a tree and died on a ski trip with friends is remembered as a kind and loving person with a ‘great spirit’.
Oliver Johnston, 18, was on the High Noon run at the Thredbo ski area, NSW, on Sunday morning when he hit a spur in the ground, lost control and was thrown with his head into a gum tree.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, but although he was wearing a helmet, his head injury was too serious. He died on the spot.
A family member, Charlotte, posted a series of photos on Instagram Monday night, alongside a heartfelt tribute to the young man.
Oliver Johnston (pictured), 18, died Sunday morning skiing with friends in Thredbo
Oliver Johnston is pictured with a relative, Charlotte. She remembered him as a nice and generous person
“Oli, we love you forever, thank you for your kindness, love, generosity and your wonderful spirit,” she said.
“Our lives have changed forever. It was a privilege to know and love you.
“You were the best of us.”
Friends flooded the comments section to express their condolences.
“He touched everyone he met and words cannot describe the loss of this beautiful person,” one woman wrote.
“It’s moments like this when life is nothing but unfair… My heart is with you and my prayers are with Oli.”
Mr. Johnston (pictured center with Charlotte, left) was remembered as a ‘loving’ person
Mr Johnston (pictured) went to Shore School in Sydney’s north and came from a large family
Another said: ‘It’s not fair. Way too beautiful for this place. It is meant for things beyond us.’
A third person encouraged the family to “stay strong” and added: “We are all here for you.”
The High Noon route is a difficult blue run that starts half way up the mountain and slopes down to the beginners section at the base.
Conditions were sunny with good visibility on the day of Mr Johnston’s accident.
A medical worker said the young man lost consciousness after the crash.
“He was wearing a helmet but unfortunately sometimes that’s not enough to save you, it’s the immediate stop that does the most damage in a collision,” they said.
Mr. Johnston was taken to Thredbo Medical Center at the base of the mountain but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pictured: The High Noon blue run where Oliver Johnston died Sunday morning after crashing into a tree
Mr Johnston was skiing with a group of friends when he decided to separate from them to ski the difficult trail (photo, Thredbo)
His “inconsolable” parents traveled from Killara, on Sydney’s north coast, to identify his body at Canberra Hospital.
“One of his friends stayed at the medical center and prayed that he would make it, it was very sad for everyone,” said the mountain medical source.
“Our hearts go out to his family.”
Inspector Keith Price of the Monaro Police Department said Johnston had been skiing with a group of friends before deciding to try the High Noon route.
“He suffered serious injuries. No witnesses saw what happened,” he said.
Johnston graduated from Shore private school, in Sydney’s north, last year.
Principal Dr. Timothy Petterson sent a letter to parents after Mr. Johnston’s death, offering assistance to students affected by the tragedy.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Thredbo Center for comment.