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A Fallen Pard

Just finished snow blowing the drive at home after an 11 hour day. It was one of those annoying storms; windy with wet snow showers at the resort that didn't amount to much, and 4 inches at home. 

I planned to post today about the ignorant, uneducated avalanche experts out there who continue to violate our closures and mock our program. There are still folks out there who think we close runs and bowls "to save them for ourselves" and just don't understand the consequences of going into such places. Just this morning I was skiing under the Crescent lift line with Joel and Jonathan to see if we could open it. With every turn we were hitting stumps and logs, literally risking limb to see if we could open yet another run for you, our skiing/riding public. Some yahoo on the chair rode over us and made some idiotic comment. People like that just don't get what we do as part of our job. What we do for them for relatively meager pay so they have somewhere to ski or ride. Again, I had planned to write about this today; then we found out about a tragedy at another resort that really put things into perspective, that really reminds us what can and does happen as part of our job.

This morning at 8:30 in Jackson Hole a veteran patroller, Mark Wolling was caught, buried, and injured in an avalanche while doing control work. I was able to find more details at the Jackson Hole Daily. Tonight "Big Wally" is in critical condition at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Tonight I raise a pint to Mark. Our thoughts and best wishes are with him, his family, and our brothers and sisters at the JHMR Ski Patrol.

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