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Doug Volk and Kerry Metlen

Ski Patrollers Receive National Recognition

Two ski patrollers received national recognition at a recent National Ski Patrol (NSP) awards ceremony.

Kerry Metlen was awarded National Ski Patrol National Appointment #12243 on Saturday 08/14/2021. National Appointments are for patrollers who have demonstrated leadership, good character, diplomacy, positive attitudes, good judgment, exemplary patrolling abilities, and extraordinary service.

Kerry has been an active member of the National Ski Patrol since 1994, He has been a member of the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol since 2010. Kerry has been a key member of our patrol and in addition to his patrolling duties has served in leadership and training roles while on the Mt Ashland Ski Patrol. Kerry comes from a patrolling family. His wife and father are also patrollers.

Since the National Ski Patrol was founded in 1938, only 12,243 appointments have been awarded. Currently, NSP has 26,000 members in 600 patrols.

Congratulations, Kerry!

Doug Volk received the NSP Silver Merit Star on Saturday, 08/14/2021. This award is in recognition of his being first runner up for the award of Outstanding Paid Patrol Director in the U.S. for 2021.
Doug started patrolling professionally as an NSP Alpine Patroller in 1977. This season will mark his 45th season patrolling. Doug started patrolling at Mt Ashland in 1985. Doug became Patrol Director at Mt Ashland in 1996 and has been the director for the past 25yrs, the longest tenure of any director in Mt Ashland Ski Patrol history.

Doug attained NSP Alpine Certified status in 1986. He has been awarded an NSP Yellow Merit Star for participation in a group rescue effort that saved a life, was awarded the NSP Purple Merit Star for saving a life in 1989, and was awarded Mt Ashland Ski Patrol’s Chuck Telfer Award for Outstanding Patroller in 1989. Doug was awarded his own NSP National Appointment in 2004. He was awarded PNSAA Tower of Excellence Award in 2017, was awarded NSP Outstanding Paid Patrol Director Oregon Region 2019-2020, and was awarded NSP Pacific Northwest Division Outstanding Paid Patrol Director 2019-2020.

We owe much gratitude to Doug for many years of service to our skiing and riding community. His list of achievements is a testament to his commitment to excellence and safety at Mt. Ashland. Thank you, Doug!

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