The Mission Ridge Mountain Patrol's objective is to offer our Guests the best possible customer service. Rapid Response Rescue Care is the foremost responsibility of the Mission Ridge Mountain Patrol, followed closely by Search and Rescue, Lift Evacuation and Skier Education. We are here to carry out our assigned duties and responsibilities as directed, in a conscientious and professional manner.
The Mountain Patrol is made up of roughly 100 members, the majority of those 100 members belonging to the Volunteer Patrol. The Volunteer Patrol consists of community members from all walks of life who have a passion for skiing as well as helping others. Many members of the Volunteer Patrol have been patrolling at Mission Ridge for decades. This duration of service has created a sense of teamwork, pride, and camaraderie not often found in volunteer groups and reflects in their commitment to superior medical care.
The Volunteer Patrol
Mostly works weekends and select holidays, while supplementing the patrol staff in times of need.
Mission Ridge Pro Patrol
This is the paid staff that is in charge of Emergency Rescue Care, Avalanche Control, Search and Rescue, Chair Evacuation, High Angle Rescue, Risk Management on the hill, the Terrain Park, and Skier / Rider education. This group has full and part-time workers and has extensive training in all related topics to the job.
Patrol Director: Jake Larson
Jake Larson joined the Mission Ridge team in 2015. He has served as a full-time Pro Patroller, Snow Safety Director, and Assistant Patrol Director prior to his appointment as Director of the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol in 2019. A life-long Mission Ridge snowboarder, Jake grew up in Monitor where he developed a deep passion for snowboarding and outdoor recreation of all types. Prior to joining the Mission Ridge team, Jake spent 3 years as a wildland firefighter with Entiat IA as well as the Entiat Hotshot. During this time he also worked as an EMT for Ballard Ambulance during non-fire seasons. Jake has a passion for hard work and public service. The crew members he worked with as a Firefighter and EMT inspired him to continue a career in the emergency response field. At Mission Ridge, he has combined his passion for the outdoors and snowboarding with his dedication to emergency response service.