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Wintergreen Ski Patrol Wins National Outstanding
Large Alpine Patrol Award for 2010-11

Ski Patrol Photo

WINTERGREEN, Va. (Oct. 12, 2011) – The Wintergreen Ski Patrol, primarily responsible for the rescue and emergency care of customers, employees and visitors to Wintergreen Resort, is the nation’s winner of the Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol Award for 2010-11 as named by the National Ski Patrol. 

This is the second time the Wintergreen Ski Patrol (WSP) has earned the prestigious honor, which is named after Charles Minot ‘Minnie’ Doyle, founder of the National Ski Patrol.  WSP first earned the award in 1989. 

Tucker Crolius, WSP director, said the honor is significant in that it is an affirmation of how the 130-member, volunteer organization promotes safe recreation practices on the mountain and is dedicated to ensuring an enjoyable experience for Wintergreen guests. 

All WSP patrollers are members of the National Ski Patrol, and are certified as Outdoor Emergency Care Technicians.  In addition to their emergency skills, patrollers are well versed in various special rescue techniques, including toboggan handling, chairlift evacuation and technical rope rescues. 

To be eligible for consideration of the national honor, WSP first was named the Southern Division winner of the Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol Award.  WSP learned of winning the national honor at the National Ski Patrol’s Fall Officers’ Meeting in Kingsport, Tenn. 

“Needless to say, we are very pleased and consider it a huge honor,” Crolius said.  “We have an incredible organization, and this is a tribute to the dedication of each and every member.” 

Dole founded the National Ski Patrol, a federally chartered nonprofit membership association, in 1938 and was its director until 1950.  Since its inception, the National Ski Patrol has been at the forefront of safety and emergency care education programs as part of its service to the public and mountain recreation industry.  

More information about the Wintergreen Ski Patrol is available by calling (434) 325-8060 or visiting www.wintergreenskipatrol.org

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About Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located atop the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Va. This beautiful hideaway is the ultimate vacation and conference spot, nearly 300 condominium-style accommodations; 45 holes of championship golf; snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and savory dining options. The resort is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful central Virginia near Charlottesville, just 90 minutes from Richmond, Va., three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C., five and a half hours from Philadelphia, and eight hours from Atlanta. For more information, guests can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com.

 

Media Contacts:
Dana Quillen
Wintergreen Resort
434/325-8150
dquillen@wintergreenresort.com

Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations – East
908/876-5100
karen.moraghan@hunter-pr.com