A 22-year old woman was killed in a mountain biking accident in the Slhaney Trail system behind Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
She was identified as Squamish resident Mikayla Martin. The incident happened around 5:15 pm on October 1, when Squamish RCMP were requested by the BC Ambulance Service to attend to the Stawamus Chief for a mountain bike accident.
Martin was seriously injured and was transported via air ambulance to the hospital where she passed away.
An avid skier, she was a member of the Canadian Ski Cross team.
“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Christine and James, Mikayla’s parents, as well as her entire family and circle of friends,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “Mikayla embodied a love of skiing and passion for ski cross that were boundless and words can’t express how sorely she’ll be missed.
The Squamish RCMP along with the BC Coroners Service will continue to gather all the details of the event in order to determine what happened.
“The death of Mikayla is a huge loss for the community of Squamish and an immense loss for her family and friends and our thoughts are with them” says Sergeant Sascha Banks.
“In a town that celebrates mountain adventure, we are heartbroken to hear of the loss of this young life, so filled with talent and promise. On behalf of the District of Squamish, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Mikayla’s family and friends, and to all Squamish locals who will mourn for her in the wake of this tragic outcome,” said Mayor Karen Elliott.