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Jury Rejects $15M Wrongful Death Claim Against OR Ski Resort

People skiing on a ski slope.

A Deschutes County jury concluded that Mt. Bachelor ski area, and its parent company Powdr Corp., were not negligent in the $15 million wrongful death suit of snowboarder Alfonso Braun, 24, of Bend.

Braun was one of two people who died in tree wells on the mountain on the same day, March 2, 2018. Nicole Panet-Raymond, 18, of Portland, also died when she fell in a tree well that day.

The families of both victims sued in a joint case, alleging Mt. Bachelor knew or should have been aware of the dangers of tree wells following a substantial amount of snow in the weeks leading up to the two deaths. The cases were separated last year. Panet-Raymond’s case remains ongoing. In its decision Friday, the jury found the ski area and its parent company were not “negligent in one or more of the ways the plaintiff claims.”


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