The contributors to the world’s first Ski Patrol Blog live, work and play at Crystal Mountain, Washington, in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest right next to Mount Rainier National Park.
Below: Most of the 2009-2010 Pro Patrol. Not pictured are over 100 volunteer ski & snowboard patrollers, safety patrollers, first aid room staff, paramedics and physicians who graciously donate their time to promote safety and help injured guests.
Corey Meador‘s parents met working in the ski business while living at Mt. Baker before there were lifts when earning-your-turns was the only choice. After a whole other career in recreation management–while patrolling as a volunteer at Crystal–he finally figured out what he wanted to be when he grew up, and has patrolled full-time at Crystal Mountain since 2001.
Kim Kircher has been a ski patroller at Crystal Mountain for twenty-one years. When not skiing at Crystal, she’s either skiing elsewhere, writing her life story or thinking up new ways to combine skiing and writing. Her husband, John Kircher, owns and operates Crystal Mountain as the CEO of Boyne Resorts.
Christina Dale is at home in the mountains. On her days off from patrolling she can be found ski touring in Crystal Lakes or Bullion Basin with her faithful dog, Kala, at her heels. She enjoys the uphill travel and time in the backcountry as much as peeling off the skins and cruising down. In search of the perfect balance, Christina guides whitewater rafting trips in Idaho over the summer, travels in the fall, skis in the winter, and kayaks in the spring.
Sara Cohen has been a pro patroller at Crystal for nearly a decade. Her passion is being in the mountains and working with dogs. Sara is the Coordinator of Crystal’s Avalanche Rescue Dog Program, overseeing the wrangling the group of nine dogs, including her Border Collie, Piper. When not skiing at Crystal, Sara can be found mountain guiding for International Mountain Guides, training dogs for other professional work, or working as a vet tech in Bellingham, the other place she calls home most of the year.