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MT. BACHELOR, OR  -- The families of two young people who died on the same day in 2018 when they fell into tree wells have filed a 30-million-dollar lawsuit against Mount Bachelor. The Bend Bulletin reports the suit alleges there were 11 different failures to protect the skier and snowboarder who died. 19-year-old Nicole Panet-Raymond of Portland and 24 year old Alfonso Braun of Bend died in separate incidents when they both fell into tree wells. The suit claims the ski area failed to close parts of the mountain where tree wells were a hazard and failed to mark them as areas to avoid. The management of Mount Bachelor released a statement saying their hearts and condolences go out to family and friends of the two who died. It also listed a website for information about tree wells. 

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