A teenager who crashed into a tree and died on a ski trip with friends has been remembered as a kind and loving person with a ‘wonderful mind’.
Oliver Johnston, 18, was on the High Noon run at Thredbo ski resort, in southern NSW, on Sunday morning when he hit a spur in the ground, lost control and jettisoned head-first into a gum tree.
Emergency services raced to the scene but, even though he was wearing a helmet, his head injuries were too severe. He died at the scene.
A family member, Charlotte, posted a series of photos to Instagram on Monday evening, alongside a heartfelt tribute to the young man.
Oliver Johnston (pictured), 18, died on Sunday morning while skiing with friends in Thredbo
Oliver Johnston is pictured with a family member, Charlotte. She remembered him as a kind and generous person
‘Oli, we love you forever, thank you for your kindness, love, generosity and your wonderful mind,’ she said.
‘Our lives have changed forever. It was a privilege knowing and loving you.
‘You were the best of us.’
Friends flooded the comments section to express their condolences.
‘He touched everyone he met and words can’t describe the loss of this beautiful human,’ 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 centre with Charlotte, left) was remembered by 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. Far too beautiful for this place. He’s meant for things beyond us.’
A third person encouraged the family to ‘stay strong’, adding: ‘We are all here for you.’
The High Noon trail is a difficult blue run which starts mid-way up the mountain and slopes down towards beginners section at the base.
Conditions were sunny with high visibility on the day of Mr Johnston’s accident.
A medical worker said the young man did not regained consciousness after the crash.
‘He was wearing a helmet, but sadly, sometimes, that isn’t enough to save you, it’s the immediate stop that causes the most damage on impact,’ they said.
Mr Johnston was taken to Thredbo Medical Centre at the base of the mountain but he was declared dead at the scene.
Pictured: The High Noon blue run where Oliver Johnston died on Sunday morning after he crashed into a tree
Mr Johnston had been skiing with a group of friends when he decided to separate from them to ski the difficult trail (pictured, Thredbo)
His ‘inconsolable’ parents travelled from Killara, on Sydney’s north shore, to identify his body at Canberra Hospital.
‘One of his friends stayed at the medical centre and was praying he’d pull through, it was very sad for everyone,’ the mountain medical source said.
‘Our hearts go out to his family.’
Inspector Keith Price at Monaro police station said Mr Johnston had been skiing with a group of friends before he decided to try the High Noon trail.
‘He suffered significant injuries. No witnesses saw what happened,’ he said.
Mr Johnston graduated from Shore private school, in Sydney’s north, last year.
Principal Dr Timothy Petterson sent a letter to parents following Mr Johnston’s death offering counselling services to students affected by the tragedy.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Thredbo Centre for comment.