The problem with this suit (from the public's perspective) is the RCMP admitted they made a mistake, which will probably form the basis for the complaint. Personally I think the guy should lose because there are CLEAR warnings (e.g. a fence line) that you have to cross to leave the boundary and a reasonable person would not do so expecting rescue. You are responsible for yourself. Also from a common sense perspective, these idiots skied off the back of a ridge at KHMR that drops about 4000' into the wilderness. There is no clear way to get back to town from there other than climbing directly back up the ridge. I don't know what the hell they were thinking.
I don't want the precident set that the RCMP/volunteer non-profit SAR are somehow legally responsible to find idiots within X days who don't take any reasonsable steps to assure their own safety.
Anyone know if there are even wolves in that area in the winter?
Also, there is spotty cell phone coverage within the actual resort area, but off the back of the ridge there would be none whatsoever without a sat phone.
The guy actually had quite a bit of outdoor experience. The trouble is it was in Quebec and Ontario, and maybe Manitoba. He was from somewhere North of Quebec City. For you Westerners, if you have a mountain there, its a single mountain. If you keep going around it, with uphill on your left say, you eventually get around it. It's not like a ridge line where you end up going for days or maybe weeks before you find a pass.