Alpental ski area on Snoqualmie Pass will unveil its new two-story David Pettigrew Mountain Safety and Education Center on Saturday afternoon. The 30-minute ceremony will start at 2 p.m. with a tour to follow.
The mid-mountain center will serve as a meeting place for mountain safety and avalanche courses and as an additional ski patrol outpost and dispatch center.
The center is named in honor of David Pettigrew, a long-time snowboarder who died in a snowboarding accident at Alpental in 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,” read a statement prepared by the Summit at Snoqualmie.
“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.”