Coming up on the 30th anniversary of the devastating avalanche at Alpine Meadows, in which several died. Given some recent events might be worth a pause to reconsider the flip side of stoke, and the people who work so hard to try and keep skiing safe for the public.
A pretty sobering story, recapped here.
"It was an extraordinary event, and something, I believe needs to be recalled from time to time, even after all these years," says Heywood. "When you think that 70 percent of all currently employed patrolmen in the country, all ski industry people for that matter, were in their cribs or gradeschool at the time. They don't even recollect this happening. That is unfortunate because the biggest thing that changed after that slide was the fact that we'd discovered a frightening knowledge about Mother Nature."