The Mount Shasta Ski Patrol and the greater Mount Shasta Ski Park staff and community are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our most beloved Patrollers, Leif Hansen.
Leif was instrumental in the early development of the Ski Park, and was its first Ski Patrol Director, from 1985-1988. Leif also helped build many of the facilities, including all of the chairlifts and many of the buildings. Leif stayed involved as a Professional Ski Patroller throughout the next few decades and up throughout this recent season.
Leif had a special talent in mentorship, and would always find the time to help train and develop new staff, selflessly sharing his years of wisdom and expertise. Much of our collective knowledge of how to operate our Patrol comes from Leif. He was always driven and passionate about his ideas for how to improve the Ski Park and make our Patrol the best it could be.
Always first to respond to a report of an injured or lost guest, over the years Leif no doubt came the aid of thousands of skiers in their time of need. His strong and decisive, yet always calm, caring, and compassionate manner, was a huge asset in these emergency situations.
Leif was always loyal and dedicated to the Ski Park, and was one of it’s greatest advocates in the community. He was always there for opening day, closing day, special events, difficult projects, search & rescues, first chair, closing sweep, and last call. Anytime the snow was deep, and conditions were great, you could find Leif at the Park, skiing run after run.
Our Patrol will never be the same without him, and we hope to carry on his legacy of being an incredibly hard worker, passion for helping and teaching others, and always having more fun than anyone else. We’ll miss you Leif, and your booming and distinctive laugh will continue to echo around our slopes for many years to come.
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