In a decision with potential implications for anyone involved in back-country skiing or other risky sport, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit against a British ski tourist by the widow of an American killed in a heli-skiing accident.
Elisabeth Kennedy sued Adrian Coe in the 2009 death of her husband, Colorado lawyer Mark Kennedy, for loss of his future earnings.
She claimed Coe didn't fulfil his duties as Kennedy's designated "ski buddy" as they skied down a mountain near Revelstoke, B.C. Kennedy fell backwards into a tree well – a deep hole in the snow surrounding a tree trunk – and suffocated when his head became buried in the loose snow.
The men were among a group of skiers guided by Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, which paired up skiers to act as each others' ski buddies as they come down the mountain.
Elisabeth Kennedy claimed that the practice amounted to a contractual obligation for Coe to stay close to her husband, keep him in sight and help or summon aid if he got intoRead More »from ‘Ski buddy’ off the hook in lawsuit over death in B.C. heli-skiing accident