A funeral will take place Saturday for a local man who died last weekend while snowboarding in Montana.
Scott Hornstra, 28, lived in Edmonton but was originally from Rocky Mountain House.
According to the Sheriff for Flathead County, police were called on the afternoon of Dec. 30 when a snowboarder didn’t show up at the bottom of a hill at the Whitefish Mountain Resort with the rest of his friends.
A helicopter and ground search began and Hornstra’s body was located at around 2:30 the following morning.
His sister, Carly Hornstra, says Scott lived life to the fullest.
“He was amazing. No matter where he was going it was at full speed and with all his heart,” she said in a statement to rdnewsNOW.
“He lived life on the edge, each day was a new adventure,” she added. “ He was never able to sit – loved his many hobbies and loved his family and friends even more. He was the kind of man that once you met, you would never for get.”
Whitefish Mountain Resort released a statement following’s Hornstra’s death, saying they are deeply saddened by this tragic event.
“Any death at our resort is an event that impacts the entire Whitefish Mountain Resort community,” spokesperson Christina Polumbus said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends as they cope during this difficult time.”
The resort says the accident serves as another unfortunate reminder that tree wells are an inherent risk of the sport. Tree wells are holes that form around the base of a tree while snow accumulates.
“We encourage our guests to take extra caution when skiing in the trees and deep snow,” Polumbus noted. “Ski with a partner and keep them in sight. Call ski patrol immediately if someone is missing. Be as precise as you can in describing the trail name and location as well as the description of the missing person.”
A celebration of life for Hornstra is happening this Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rocky Mountain House.
A Facebook page entitled "In Memory of Scott Hornstra" has also been created in his honour.
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