So I grew up at Powder Ridge, living only 10 miles away in Annandale. Our families would switch off bringing us out there and picking us up. It seems odd now how that was achieved so easily. I think our parents loved that we were not sitting in the basement watching "Good Times" & Kid DYNOMITE! Ski Patrol helped me once when I was maybe 13, and there is a great possibility it was John Stirrat as I recall. I didn't think that much of it at the time. I was a bit of an ignorant little f**k, anyway. We probably hit The Knoll 10,000 times, I am not kidding. There was nothing like 4 people in the air at once "Training it!"
Years past, after moving back to St Cloud, a great friend, Peggy Scott Lumbar, said: "Let's join. It will be fun. How hard could it be?" We never looked back, from being welcomed by amazing instructors to instantly having 88 people to ski with—it was a great decision. I befriended a red headed patroller named Mary and it was fantastic. Our families did things together for years until we finally decided to combine them into a very big happy one.
If you are married to Mary then you are married to the National Ski Patrol. Not much of a teacher thru my life, I knew it was going to be a challenge—but what the hell, right? I soon found out that it is truly fun teaching people new things and instilling that "I can save a life" attitude (and look great while doing it).
It's been an amazing adventure so far. So sleep well, my fellow patrollers, for tomorrow we ski!