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Mourning the loss of our Teammates

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Honoring team mates Genesis, Erick and Walt at Mt. Hood MeadowsIt is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share some tragic news. On February 10th, three vibrant and passionate team members of our Rental department were on their way to the coast and were involved in a vehicular collision that tragically took their lives. Our hearts go out to their families, friends, loved ones, and coworkers; some of whom were present during this tragic accident.

Our Rental Center Manager Dane Frisbie met with team members to provide words to remember and honor their teammates. With their family’s permission, we share them with you now.

The Mt. Hood Meadows Rental Center 'Ohana is mourning three of their own.

Genesis Acol –Genesis always had a twinkle in her eye to go along with her smile. She joined the Mt. Hood Meadows Rental Center Family this season, and jumped right in. She fit boots, teched skis and boards, and completed every task with a maturity and presence that belied her years. I miss her laughing at my ridiculous dance moves and attempts to sing along with the music in the rental center. Genesis: you are loved and missed! Ski well my friend!

Erick Fadness – Erick was an enthusiastic outdoorsman who went skiing and snowboarding as often as he could. He was a fellow wildland firefighter, bicycle mechanic, and ski and board tech. He put his passion into his work through his attention to detail and his efforts to see the best qualities in the team and guests around him.  Erick: you are loved, and missed. Ski and ride well my friend!

Walt Smith -Walt was a soft-spoken, gentle-giant of a man. Even behind a COVID regulation facemask, his eyes shone with a smile. He brought that smile to work every day as he put his technical expertise to work teching-out skis, and snowboards, or fitting guests with boots. I will miss his larger-than-life presence, and his ever-present furry hat with the earflaps. Walt: you are loved, and missed. Ski well my friend!

'Ohana means family, and family means that no one is left behind or forgotten! –Dane Frisbie, Rental Center Manager

Mt. Hood Meadows has established a Go Fund Me account to assist the families with memorial service costs. We know they will appreciate and cherish any and every contribution.

Meadows Rental Team Memorial Fund

Our thoughts, support, and prayers are with Genesis, Erick and Walt; their family, friends, the Rental department and all Meadows and Cooper Spur Team Members who worked with them.