All that is flat out retarded. I'm not sure if anyone has ever read closely the back of a ski ticket or the waiver for a ski pass but I have (atleast here in CO). It pretty much says be prepared and if you get hurt tough shit. Some resorts will carry accidental death insurance but that is about the limitation of what most any hill is willing to be responsible for.
I'll throw in a little bit off a ticket I've got sitting here:
"Holder agrees that using a ski area, including it's lifts, for any purpose can be HAZARDOUS AND INVOLVES THE RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH. Holder understands that he/she is responsible for having physical dexterity and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the lifts."
"In consideration and exchange for allowing holder to use the ski area facilities, Holder agrees to ASSUME ALL RISKS, whether or not described above."
"Additionally, Holder agrees NOT TO SUE Vail Resorts (or enter mountain here, I believe the waivers are all the same in Colorado
"Holder agrees to HOLD HARMLESS AND RELEASE ANY RELEASED PARTY from ANY AND ALL
LIABILITY and/or claims for injury or death to persons or damage to property arising from Holders use of this ticket."
Sounds pretty cut and dry to me, snowboarding/skiing is dangerous. Sadly we live in a sue-happy world full of greedy people
who have no problem engaging in risky sports, but can't suck it up and deal with it when something goes wrong. Sorry if I didn't read the facts thouroughly but the guy was skiing and got caught in an avalanche. No reason to punish a mountain. I don't see the National Forests getting sued because somebody goes backcountry and the same thing happens.