Two brothers who co-owned one of Central Pennsylvania’s leading construction and real estate companies have been killed in an avalanche while skiing in British Columbia, Canada, according to their family.
Jonathan and Timothy Kinsley were buried alive by mounds of snow near the Revelstoke mountain resort on Monday afternoon during a guided heli-ski trip.
Helicopter skiing is a type of backcountry skiing that uses a helicopter to access remote areas with more pristine snow.
The Kinsley brothers’ guide, who worked for ski tour company Canadian Mountain Holidays, was partially buried by the avalanche that came down in an area known as the “Chocolate Bunnies,” Canadian broadcaster CBC.ca reported.
The company said the Kinsleys were dug out of the snow and airlifted to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The guide was in stable condition.
“It is impossible to put into words the grief we feel and the grief shared by our guests, their families and all of our staff,” Rob Rohn, president of Canadian Mountain Holidays, said in a written statement about the deadly incident. .
Jonathan Kinsley, 59, was an executive at York-based Kinsley Enterprises, the parent company of Kinsley Construction and Kinsley Properties.
Timothy Kinsley, 57, was the president of Kinsley Properties, which specializes in real estate development.
“Our entire Kinsley family is still processing this heartbreaking news of their passing and respectfully requests privacy at this time,” the family said in a statement Tuesday.
The brothers’ late father, Robert Kinsley, founded the family’s construction empire in 1963. The patriarch passed away in 2020 at the age of 79.
Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf described the Kinsley family as a “pillar” of York County and praised the two late brothers for their philanthropic efforts, York Dispatch reported.
“Tim and Jon generously gave many charities to better the community,” the Democrat said.