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 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: Tess Morris
Tess Morris grew up in Leavenworth, Washington and started skiing at the age of four. Both parents were avid skiers and consistently managed to get Tess and her two siblings out in the mountains, skiing mainly at Mission Ridge. During high school, an opportunity presented itself in the form of becoming a volunteer ski patroller. This volunteerism eventually propelled her towards other volunteer opportunities in the EMT and Fire Fighting fields. With this emergency care background, she became a full time patroller at Mission by age 21. Since then, Tess has served as the Assistant Patrol Director, and as of this year, has accepted the Patrol Director position.