Meet the Woman Leading Jackson Hole's Ski Patrol
Back in 1997, Jen Calder found herself high up on a stormy, intimidating, Rendezvous Mountain, just a few weeks into her first winter as a Jackson Hole ski patroller. The severe weather had closed the upper mountain for several days prior and Calder was throwing bombs to reduce avalanche risk in pretty sketchy conditions. One of her colleagues was even caught, though not buried, in a slide they set off.
"The wind was howling, and it was snowing, and my comfort zone was certainly pushed," said Calder, 47, on a recent evening, just having finished her shift on the hill, the dark skies dumping snow outside. She was still in training then, and this was one of the first times she had ever done snow control. "It was quite the eye-opening experience."