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Whitefish Mountain Resort Responds to Freewill Death Lawsuit

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MISSOULA -     Three years after a German exchange student fell into a treewell while skiing and lost his life, Whitefish Mountain Resort denies any responsibility for his death.
    This last December, the family of 16-year-old Nicolas Waschle, filed a lawsuit against the resort, Waschle's exchange parents and the exchange company, seeking damages and compensation for their loss and medical expenses.
     Tuesday, Whitefish Mountain Resort's lawyers responded to allegations the resort failed to rope off or restrict the dangerous area near the T-bar 2 lift where on December 29, 2010,Waschle was tree skiing and fell into a tree well, then later died of suffocation.
     Documents filed say there are inherent risks and dangers in skiing and the resort should not be held responsible.
     The resort's lawyers also say they plan to fight the issue before a jury.
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