Two brothers who together ran one of central Pennsylvania’s largest construction and real estate companies were killed in an avalanche while helicopter skiing in British Columbia, Canada, according to their family.
Jonathan and Timothy Kinsley were buried alive by mounds of snow near the resort town of Revelstoke on Monday afternoon during a guided heli-skiing excursion.
Helicopter skiing is a type of off-piste skiing in which a helicopter is used to access remote areas of more pristine snow.
The Kinsley brothers’ guide, who worked for ski touring company Canadian Mountain Holidays, was partially buried by the avalanche that slammed into an area known as the ‘Chocolate Bunnies’, the chain reported. Canadian television CBC.ca.
The company said the Kinsleys were pulled from 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 sadness shared by our guests, their families and all of our staff,” Canadian Mountain Holidays President Rob Rohn said in a written statement addressing the fatal 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 chairman of Kinsley Properties, which specializes in property development.
“Our entire Kinsley family is still processing this heartbreaking news of their passing and respectfully request confidentiality at this time,” the family said in a statement Tuesday.
The brothers’ late father, Robert Kinsley, founded the family’s building empire in 1963. The patriarch died 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 deceased brothers for their philanthropic efforts, York Dispatch reported.
“Tim and Jon have given generously to many causes to better the community,” the Democrat said.