Just Make it Happen

Ever managed to talk yourself into an adventure or a job only to realize you have gotten yourself in way over your head? Sometimes these scenarios lead to embarrassment. Sometimes they begin horror stories. But, sometimes, they provide unexpected opportunities for growth. In 2007, Jen Altschul talked her way into a job as a ski patroller. And then the snow began to fall. Today, we present her story of learning how to be one.

Music: Night at the Knight School by Thee More Shallows   •   Caen by Secret Codes   •   Drive it Like You Stole It by The Glitch Mob

Music provided by IODA Promonet.

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One Comment on “The Shorts — Just Make it Happen

  1.  by  KD

    I’m a 2nd year patroller with Mt Hood Ski Patrol. I struggled through training. Although my ski skills were good, safely guiding loaded tobaggons down steeps was a giant struggle for me. I fear the start of every season—that I won’t be strong enough. And indeed, it takes a month or two to really get in shape enough. I appreciate your story, it really rings true to persevere in the make-it-or-break-it (but oddly supportive) institution that is ski patrol. The Pro Patrol at Mt Hood Meadows are so burly. I hesitate to even volunteer over there, the Pro Patrol are so intimidating and experienced. High five for being among their ranks!

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