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KUDOS AND KINDNESS: Thank you to ski patrol

I am writing to thank and commend the Squaw Valley ski patrol staff. On the afternoon of March 23 I was skiing down on the cat track leading from 75 Chute back toward the base, and decided to drop from the upper cat track to the lower cat track to catch some powder.

The trees got a little tight and the tree well created a sharp fall away turn, and I wound up on my back in a tree well, with my left ski buried under several feet of snow. I was completely stuck and could not reach my binding to click out. Fortunately, I communicated with a friend by cell phone, who summoned the ski patrol. Several patrol members and some free skiers helped dig me out before frost bite or anything serious set in. I consider myself very lucky and appreciate the professional work of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol.

I hope that they get to enjoy the powder once in a while instead of just digging out gapers like me. In all seriousness, I am a former ski racer and never thought that I would need the assistance of the ski patrol, but this experience has humbled me and it just goes to show that it’s worth it to pay a few extra dollars for a lift ticket in order to support a well-trained ski patrol staff.

Lincoln Ellis

Santa Monica, Calif.

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