Today is the one year anniversary of the avalanche near Stevens Pass that took the lives of beloved local skiers Johnny Brennan, Jim Jack, and Chris Rudolph. For many, the shock and grief of this tragedy remains a fresh wound.
But the community has also come together many times, and in many different ways, to celebrate the lives of these special men and to help each other heal. One of the efforts that arose from this tragedy is the Ski Hill Memorial Project, which is raising money for a memorial patio and other improvements to the Leavenworth Ski Hill.
Through a major raffle and auction, other community events, and numerous individual donations, the Ski Hill Memorial Project has become a testament of this valley’s love for their fallen friends.
To mark today’s anniversary of that avalanche one year ago, Isaac Kaplan-Woolner called Patrick Walker, a member of the group that has been overseeing the Ski Hill Memorial Project.
For more information on the Ski Hill Memorial Project, visit skihillproject.org.