April 11, 2006

Mammoth Patrol Fundraiser

Mammoth Mountain will contribute 100% of lift ticket sales on Friday, April 14, to help support the families of the three patrollers who died last week.

James Juarez, John Scott McAndrews, and Charles Walter Rosenthal (President and a founding member of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center) were killed while trying to fence off a hidden snow cavern created by a volcanic gas vent near Mammoth's Face Lift.

If you're unable to ski Mammoth Mountain, you can still participate in this extraordinary tribute by purchasing a lift ticket for Friday online. Mount Rose will also donate 100% of Friday's lift ticket sales, and Vail Resorts and Aspen Ski Company will be making contributions.

The tragedies of this season remind us how fragile and precious life truly is. Let us remember to keep family and friends dear, reject fear and foolishness, and make our time count—on the mountain and off. Hope to see you at Mammoth!

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