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SNOW ANGELS Ski Patrol Events in Seattle [October 2014]

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Come out and support Ski Patrol at these two great events. In addition to awesome gear being raffled/auctioned (K2 skis, boots, helmets, poles, goggles, OR jackets, BCA ABS packs, probes, shovels, beacons, LibTech and Gnu boards), a portion of the proceeds from beer sales during the events goes to ski patrol. Two great events for one great cause.

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Sweet, I will likely try to make it to the one at Fremont Brewing.  Thanks for the heads up.

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I'm a former patroller and I'm behind them in every way, but I have a quick question/wonderment.  Why is it that the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol is fully professional, meaning that there are no volunteers and they are ski area employees, yet they need donations?  It seems like it's a fund raiser for a for-profit corporation.

 

What am I missing?

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I'm a former patroller and I'm behind them in every way, but I have a quick question/wonderment.  Why is it that the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol is fully professional, meaning that there are no volunteers and they are ski area employees, yet they need donations?  It seems like it's a fund raiser for a for-profit corporation.

 

What am I missing?

 

Nothing that I can tell. Except that the buzz is new mgt at Stevens has made life harder on virtually all categories of employees... And looking at patrol presence, etc. I can believe that.

 

Seems to me that working conditions and compensation should be made right by the for profit companies employing those folks.

 

Perhaps I too am missing something?

 

NWAC is a different story...

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I put this event together because ski patrol at Crystal has assisted me more than once, and I never really had an opportunity to thank them before they left to help another skier in distress. I originally envisioned three events with one for Snoqualmie, as well, but they never responded to my inquiries. The goal is to raise awareness of what ski patrol does behind the scenes to keep us all safe. It is an opportunity to get excited and ready for the upcoming ski season, and meet some of the people who are ski patrol. NWAC has been invited to the events. Trust me, there is no malicious entity at work behind the scenes. Just a group of guys who love skiing and appreciate the hard work that ski patrol does on the slopes. That's it.

 

In regards to the funds raised, it is for advaced avalanche and canine training to cover costs not already covered in budgets. My understanding is that young patrollers often have to cover travel and hotel costs associated with training at other mountains.

 

By the way, Two Beers will have "Chair 6 Amber" as well as a cider named for the event.

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More information can be found at the event link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Snow-Angels/1431226140500583?ref=hl

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Steven's Pass event cancelled due to space concerns of host. Crystal event moving forward. Raffle and auction gear are arriving. Check the Facebook page for updates, or like event and updates will be automatic.

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

I'm a former patroller and I'm behind them in every way, but I have a quick question/wonderment.  Why is it that the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol is fully professional, meaning that there are no volunteers and they are ski area employees, yet they need donations?  It seems like it's a fund raiser for a for-profit corporation.

What am I missing?

You know, I come from an area with all volunteer patrol, so never even thought to ask that question, but our local patrol is pro (severely underpaid in my opinion) as well. But apparently ours provides avalanche training and also supports related groups like the Alert helicopter. They do a ton of fundraisers, though, so I'm wondering if they just like to party? I need to check into this more.
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Great event. We had about 600 people, and raised $5300 to supplement training for pro and volunteer patrollers. Crystal has a large group of volunteer patrollers who came out in force for the event. Look forward to next year.biggrin.gif
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