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Teen dies after fall at local ski hill

A 17-year-old girl who died as a result of a skiing accident was
remembered by friends as an exceptional student and athlete with a
ready smile, and dreams of becoming a veterinarian.

Elisabeth Reurink was on a school trip from London, Ont., at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.

She
was near the bottom of a hill rated as intermediate when she skied off
to the side of the open slope yesterday at about 10:50 a.m., police
said.

"At the bottom of the run she collided with a tree," said Const. Theresa Van Boven of the Collingwood OPP.

Police had an area of the hill taped off while they conducted their investigation.

Reurink,
who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Collingwood General and Marine
Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The accident was the third
fatality on Ontario slopes in two weeks.

At the time of the accident, weather and snow conditions were good.

Friend
Christina Chehade remembered Reurink, a student at London’s Catholic
Central High School, as a rosy-cheeked young woman with a bright future.

"She
was an amazing student … achieved high rankings in both cross-country
(running) and wrestling, an amazing friend, always had a smile on her
face and would laugh no matter how lame my jokes were," she said
yesterday. Reurink maintained a 90-plus average, she said.

In
2005, Reurink received a Spirit Award, presented to students who
"exemplify the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations," according to
the London District Catholic School Board website.

Last
Sunday, a 45-year-old Toronto man died at Beaver Valley Ski Club, about
30 kilometres southwest of Collingwood. John Zsolt, described as a
skilled snowboarder, fell and crashed into a tree. He was also wearing
a helmet.

On Feb. 18, "James" Boo Sung Moon, a 13-year-old
Korean visa student at Richmond Hill’s Trillium Woods Public School,
was killed after he lost control and hit a tree on a beginner hill at
Snow Valley.

He was not wearing a helmet, which prompted
Premier Dalton McGuinty, an avid skier, to buy one himself and urge
others to don one on the slopes.

Torstar News Service