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Mt. Hood Skibowl Sued Over Teen Snowboarder's Death

OPB | Nov. 21, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 6:03 a.m.

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Taylur DeWolf - Photo courtesy of the family

Taylur DeWolf - Photo courtesy of the family

A family whose 17-year-old daughter died in a snowboarding accident in January filed suit against Mt. Hood Skibowl Wednesday. The lawsuit asks for changes to a trail, and more than a half-million dollars. 

Harry DeWolf says the Dog Leg trail on which his daughter Taylur died was much more difficult than its blue rating indicated.

Not only that, he says, but there was no safety netting where she hit.

DeWolf says Taylur was not a risk taker and when her friends told Skibowl staff she was missing, they suggested checking the bar and the carpark. Finally, DeWolf says, Skibowl refused to share any information about accidents on that trail or its search policies. 

“We’ve tried to reach out in multiple ways in multiple venues and we’ve heard nothing,” DeWolf says. “Except one time, saying, if we want that information sue us.”

An attorney for Skibowl released a statement saying the Dog Leg Trail is appropriately designated and no similar incident has ever occurred at the location. The statement also said there was an immediate and thorough search for Taylur DeWolf.

OPB Editor’s Note: This story revises an earlier version.

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