Ski patroller, author, traveler, Kim Kircher is still learning how to get through life in small increments. Sometimes just fifteen minutes at a time.
She has logged over six hundred hours of explosives control, earning not only her avalanche blaster’s card, but also a heli-blaster endorsement, allowing her to fly over the slopes in a helicopter and drop bombs from the open cockpit, while uttering the fabulously thrilling words “bombs away” into the mic.
An EMT, she has received both a National Ski Patrol Purple Merit Star for saving a life as well as a Green Merit Star for saving a life in arduous conditions.
Before working in the ski industry, she received her BA and teaching certificate from the University of Washington, and taught high school English for five years.
Her articles have appeared in Women’s Adventure, The Ski Journal and Off-Piste Magazine, among others.
She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association and the North American Ski Journalists Association.
Kim also writes about her job at Crystal Mountain at www.blogcrystal.com. Kim starred in a reality show about ski patrollers on the cable channel TRU-TV. Her husband’s family owns and operates ten ski areas in the United States and Canada, including Crystal Mountain, where she has worked for twenty-three years.