For the first time in several years,



Things start with a one-day Skiing/Boarding Skill Evaluation clinic on Saturday or Sunday, February 5 or 6. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Expert level Alpine Skier or Snowboarder able to ski/ride safely and in control anywhere on the mountain in any snow condition.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and have an aptitude for dealing with the public.
  • Availability for a training program running most weekends from mid-February through the remainder of the season.

Application requests and questions should be directed to:  Dale Wolfe, 425-591-8803, or

OK, that’s the end of the announcement.  Now here’s my cheeky aside: 

("Application requests and questions directed to this blog or Crystal’s website will tip us off that yer not that great at following instructions."  *Grin*)


But seriously, let me anticipate a few of the other questions people usually write-in about when we mention the Volunteer Patrol.  Dale (mentioned above) can give you more details.

  • In General, after one is a trained patroller, the commitment is for both days every 3rd weekend, and some Thanksgiving/Christmas-to-New Year’s/Monday holidays, with a possibility of trading with others to accommodate schedule flexibility. 
  • Yes, the training program includes an emergency medical skill component.
  • Yes, I said snowboarders!
  • Yes, telemarkers (free-heel skiers, not the people who phone you during dinner) are welcome, but alpine equipment & proficiency is required.
  • Yes, I said 21.  Even if you were a top-notch student patroller elsewhere.
  • No, at Crystal, pro patrolling is a full-time gig.  If you can’t commit to 9-12 hour days, 5 days a week, then the Volunteer Patrol would be your only option here.
  • Thanks for offering to help us out on weekdays, but at Crystal, the volunteer patrol is a weekend & holiday gig.
  • No, at Crystal, pro patrollers gotta be alpine skiers.  Our avalanche control program (things like ski-cutting starting zones, hiking icy ridges, and stepping quickly away from explosives) requires it. 
  • Yes, a season’s pass is part of the deal here, but if you’re only doing it for the pass you’ll probably be unhappy.  Volunteering is a big commitment, but it’s a great way to improve your skills, learn a lot of new stuff, help out people in distress, and meet a lot of other friendly skiers and boarders!


  • Some of you will think I’m being Captain Obvious here, but Yes, I know we could put more information on-line like they do at "x" ski area, but being so close to urban areas, Crystal has the luxury of "screening" applicants to make sure there’s the best fit of people.  So I’m thinking the whole "contacting Dale" hoop-jump step is done on purpose so people don’t plan to just drop-in on the 5th & 6th.

(I think that at this point I’m supposed to say we’re partners in recreation with the U.S. Forest Service and that we don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religon, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.  Something like that.)


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