Montana Ski Resort Target of Family’s Wrongful Death Suit

January 6, 2014

The German family of a 16-year-old exchange student who died while skiing at Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the resort.

The family of Niclas Waschle filed the lawsuit Dec. 24 in U.S. District Court in Montana and also names the host family and the exchange agency, contending gross negligence.

The lawsuit says Waschle was skiing on the edge of a groomed trail when he fell head first into a tree well and suffocated.

sking_2The family is seeking damages and compensation, plus medical and other expenses.

Whitefish Mountain Resort in a statement says the lawsuit is groundless. It says tree wells don’t occur on groomed runs, and that it can’t mark the many thousands of trees within the resort boundary.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 11:58 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
    Very sorry to read about this, but it happens every season. Stay on marked trails and give trees a wide berth, particularly in deep powder.
  • January 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    reality bites says:
    Wow. Sorry for your loss and all, but seriously. Go sue Mother Nature. She has deeper pockets.
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