The family of a young man who died while skiing on Blackcomb Mountain on Saturday say he was an elite skier and dedicated student.
Relatives and colleagues have identified him as 18-year old Cole Anderson of Campbell River.
His grandmother Sheila Dickson said Anderson was a very safe, experienced skier, who lived for his sport.
"He's been skiing since he was three years old and it was the love of his life."
"That was his passion. He was to graduate here this year and his joke in the family was to buy a Toyota truck with a canopy on it and live in it and just ski around B.C."
Anderson was with a group of ski racers who arrived on the mountain Saturday for training, but the training was postponed because there had been too much fresh snow overnight and it hadn't been packed enough to allow for racing.
Mountain staff say Anderson was skiing with a group of three or four people in bounds in the Crystal Ridge area when he skied too close to a marked cliff and fell 12 metres onto some rocks and trees below.
Despite attempts by mountain staff and medical personnel on the scene, he died from the fall.
Dickson said Anderson was a member of the Mount Washington Ski Club with coaching certification.
"Just a really great young man. It's not fair. But these things happen and I said to my husband today, you know what, he went out doing what he loved to do," said Dickson.
Whistler-Blackcomb staff are reminding skiers and snowboarders to pay attention to boundaries and safety signs.
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