Marquee Photo: Keoki Flagg courtesy of gallerykeoki.com
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Nov. 11, 2016— Continuing its mission to provide educational opportunities for the local Tahoe community, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announces the new Women of Ski Patrol 2017 Calendar, of which all proceeds will go towards funding avalanche safety education scholarships. The new calendar showcases the 13 female patrollers from the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol Teams from the 2015-16 winter season, featuring stunning photography by Keoki Flagg. Calendars can be pre-ordered online now for $25 and will be available at retailers throughout the Village at Squaw Valley® for the Thanksgiving holiday including Gallery Keoki, which will host a special debut event with the women of patrol on Saturday, November 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Calendars will also be available for sale at the Tahoe City Visitor Center. Two ski patrollers featured in the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Women of Ski Patrol Calendar, Robin McElroy and Crystal Winn, are heading into their 11th and 7th seasons, respectively, at the resort.
"The Squaw Valley Ski Patrol Team draws adrenaline junkies, and I’m definitely in that category," said Robin McElroy, ski patroller at Squaw Valley. "There's a sense of excitement to our work with starting in the dark and not knowing what the day will bring. There is also an inherent risk of avalanches for anyone who loves skiing powder and exploring our mountains, which is why I believe avalanche education is so valuable. We are proud to have turned a fun idea into a beautiful calendar that will directly benefit our community."
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, McElroy learned to ski at young age and grew up ski racing with Alyeska Ski Club and Spyder in Girdwood, Alaska. After joining the ski and snowboarding club at University of Colorado, Boulder, McElroy taught skiing and competed on the Freesking World Tour Circuit before joining the ski patrol at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in 2006.
Born and raised in Tahoe City, Crystal Winn has been skiing in the Tahoe area since she was three years old, beginning her ski career with Truckee's Buddy Werner Ski Team at age eight. Winn joined the ski patrol at Squaw Valley in 2010.
Ski patrollers play a hugely important role at the resort, conducting avalanche control, responding to injuries on the mountain and ensuring overall safety on the mountain. For more information or to purchase a calendar, visit the resort's Women of Ski Patrol Calendar page.