I was born in this valley and my father brought me to learn to ski at Mission Ridge the first year it opened. My four sons ranging in age for 27 to 11 years old have all started skiing at two years old and have called Mission Ridge their home ski hill for life. I have had the opportunity to work beside the Mission Ridge ski school and patrol professionals, all very positive experiences.
From the instructor cadet programs, DEVO and now MRST. Mission Ridge is part of what defines our life.
A pinnacle of the Mission Ridge experience was watching the staff skillfully manage the Cashmere fifth grade class for their Mission Ridge introduction to skiing and snowboarding day.
This is an incredible undertaking, tapping the resources of Mission Ridge to bring lifelong joy into many children's life. I have had calls and conversations with many parents the following week that indicate that is just what you accomplished. A strong percentage of the kids had so much fun that their parents are looking for gear and looking at buying ski passes for next year.
I know the school programs are a daunting task, as I have been an instructor on many of those ski days. I felt impelled to let the management know that the program works. It is creating skiers and snowboarders. It is engaging youth in healthy activities which will help them stay healthy and happy for a lifetime. It is assuring that we have continued support for our ski area to continue in the future.