Two brothers who jointly headed a prominent real estate and construction firm in central Pennsylvania were killed in an avalanche while riding helicopters in British Columbia, Canada, according to their family.
Jonathan and Timothy Kinsley were buried alive by snow drifts near the mountain resort of Revelstoke on Monday afternoon during a guided downhill skiing trip.
Heliskiing is a type of backcountry skiing where a helicopter is used to reach remote areas with pristine snow.
The Kinsley brothers’ guide, who works for Canadian ski tour company Mountain Holidays, was buried in part by an avalanche that descended in the area known as the “Chocolate Bowl.” This was reported by the Canadian broadcast network CBC.ca.
The company said the Kinsley family was pulled from the snow and flown by helicopter to hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The coach was in stable condition.
“Words cannot describe the grief we feel and the grief felt by our guests, their families and all of our staff,” Canadian Mountain Chief Rob Rohan said in a written statement addressing the fatal crash.
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, a real estate developer.-
“The entire Kinsley family continues to deal with the heartbreaking news of their passing and requests that privacy be respected at this time,” the family said in a statement on 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 called the Kinsley family “a pillar” of York County and paid tribute to the late brothers for their charitable efforts, Shipping York reports.
“Tim and John have generously made many causes for the betterment of society,” said the Democrat.