03/12/2012 11:20 EDT | Updated 05/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Nik Zoricic remembered by family, fellow skiers

Fellow skiers and teammates of Nik Zoricic will be attending his funeral, which is being planned in Collingwood, Ont.

Zoricic, 29, died Saturday from head injuries he suffered in a crash during a World Cup skicross race in Switzerland.

His sister, Katarina Zoricic, urged people to remember him for his love of the sport.

"If you want to remember my brother, remember that he loved sport," she said. "He loved competing for his country, and it was a flame that was burning within him."

Nik Zoricic comes from a family of skiers. The Zoricic family moved from Sarajevo to Toronto in 1984.

His sister said Nik played most sports, but he excelled on the slopes of Collingwood, where she said he was competitive even at an early age.

"We were competitive from when we were four years old," She said. "He was a fierce competitor."

His fellow teammates and friends are remembering Zoricic for the person he was.

"[He was] super-funny, such a genuinely good guy, and the ladies loved him," said Ashleigh McIvor, a skicross Olympic champion.

"We actually qualified to represent Canada at the age of 13 [at a race in Italy]. And Nik's dad, Bebe, was our coach," she added.

Zoricic earned the nickname Zoro as a slalom skier when he moved to skicross and did not have the right gear. He ended up wearing skinny jeans in his first race.

Fellow skiers remembered him by wearing skinny jeans at a vigil was held Sunday in Switzerland.

Skicross heats feature four racers heading down the slopes, side by side, on a course filled with banks, rolls and ridges.

Since Zoricic's accident, questions have been raised about the placement and size of the final jump before the finish line, as well as the narrow space between the finish line's two pillars.

"Safety in skiing has to be 100 per cent, there can't be any margin for error," his sister said.

"Unfortunately, a life had to be lost, but we hope this is the last lesson the ski community has to learn."