New Mountain Safety And Education Center At Alpental


Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. February 7th, 2012 – Alpental ski area will hold a dedication and unveiling ceremony of the new David Pettigrew Mountain Safety and Education Center building on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 2pm. The two-story Education Center, located mid-mountain, will serve a dual purpose: as a meeting area for mountain safety and avalanche awareness courses and as an additional ski patrol outpost/dispatch center. Immediately following the dedication ceremony, tours of the building will be provided.

Named in honor of the late David Pettigrew, a long-time snowboarder who lost his life in a snowboarding accident at Alpental in December of 2005, the new structure will meet a growing need for additional meeting space to host a series of popular, free mountain safety and education courses held throughout the winter season, sponsored by the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation and taught by Alpental’s Pro Patrol.

“Our family is very pleased to have this Center for Safety and Education named in honor of our son David,” said Ed Pettigrew, David’s father. “Turning the tragedy of our son’s passing into something positive and using it as a way to educate others is why the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation was created. The Pettigrew family, the Foundation, and Alpental and its patrollers have the same basic goals: to prevent accidents on the mountain and to save lives. We are thankful to Alpental for this honor.”

The dedication ceremony is expected to be thirty minutes in duration with representatives in attendance from the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation, David’s family, Alpental patrol and the ski area. This will be a public event and therefore, all interested parties are welcome to attend.


About the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation

The David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation, founded in 2007, promotes awareness, safety and education for participants in outdoor recreation and sports activities, especially in the mountains and wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest. Its Mission includes providing skiers and snowboarders with training and education, rescue equipment and knowledgeable teaching instructors. To this end, the Foundation has educated hundreds of local skiers and snowboarders in mountain safety, avalanche awareness, companion rescue, and avalanche terrain observation through its free workshops. Additionally, the Foundation has donated BCA tracker beacons and accompanying safety backpacks to local ski patrols, granted scholarships to ski patrollers to attend the Association of Professional Patrollers workshops, the International Snow Science Workshop and other skiing and snowboarding safety programs. More information can be found at


About The Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit at Snoqualmie, operated by Boyne Resorts, is a proud partner of the USFS offering equal opportunity recreation. Boyne Resorts is the largest family owned four-season resort company in North America; founded by Everett Kircher in 1947. In addition to The Summit, Boyne Resorts owns and/or operates award-winning mountain and golf resorts and attractions throughout the United States and Canada including Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia, the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Big Sky Resort in Montana, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Michigan, Brighton in Utah, Crystal Mountain in Washington, Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, Sugarloaf and Sunday River Resort in Maine and Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Tennessee. For more information on Boyne Resorts, please visit