A grieving husband from the United Kingdom is speaking out about the death of his wife at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort almost two years ago and says something has to change or more people will be killed in our mountain playgrounds.
Anne Woods died following a collision with a snowboarder on the slopes at the Golden, B.C. resort on February 9, 2016.
Woods and her husband Terry were visiting Canada with a group from Great Britain and were on a dream holiday in Western Canada when tragedy struck.
Terry says Anne was skiing in a slow ski zone when she was hit by a snowboarder.
She was airlifted by STARS to Foothills Hospital in Calgary and died a few days later.
Nearly two years later, Terry has a new mission and wants to change what he says is a growing culture of recklessness on ski hills.
“People don’t think about, well, if it goes wrong the other side of this bump, the other side of this rock, round this corner, then can I actually stop?’ said Terry in an exclusive interview with CTV Calgary’s Jocelyn Laidlaw. “In my wife's case, she was in a slow ski zone, it was actually hardly anyone around, it was a bright sunny day. There was no reason for that accident to happen.”
The snowboarder told police that he was going at a moderate speed and didn’t see Anne.
RCMP conducted a detailed investigation and even tried to recreate the circumstances of the collision.
Terry is now waiting to hear if the 26-year-old man from Mexico will be criminally charged in what would be a rare prosecution.
“For anyone to go on the mountain and act recklessly, cause the death of another person, then they should face charges for that,” said Terry.
Officials at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort agree and say they have taken unprecedented action against the snowboarder and have made changes to the run to make it safer.
“At any resort we believe that cases involving seriously reckless skiers or snowboarders that, if warranted, charges should be laid,” said Mike Rubenstein, General Manager Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. “One thing we did was revoke the skiing privileges of the other individual involved, indefinitely, at all Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.”
Terry Woods is hoping positive change will come out of his wife’s death.
“It would make it seem not a total waste because that hopefully saves someone else's life,” he said.
He now has powerful, new allies in his call for change.
Elise Johnson was just five years old when she was hit and killed by a snowboarder in Wyoming on Christmas Eve.
The Johnsons have teamed up with the US-based National Ski Areas Association to remind people that lives are at stake.
Their emotional video message was recently played for staff at Kicking Horse and at hundreds of other ski resorts across North America.
“It's about common sense, it's about being responsible for your behavior on the slopes,” said Earl Saline from the NSAA.
The Anne Woods file is now in the hands of the Crown and multiple requests for additional information in her death have been made as it considers laying a charge.
For more information on the National Ski Areas Association click HERE.
To view the Johnson’s #RideAnotherDay video, click the link below…