George W. (Judd) Preston
The Beaver Mountain Ski Patrol and the Intermountain Division lost a true icon on May 20, 2019, with the passing of George W. (Judd) Preston. Judd started patrolling in 1948 when he was 16 for the fledging Beaver Mountain ski area near Logan, Utah. Over the next few years while also patrolling, he assisted the hill owner, Harry Seeholzer, in installing a rope tow, a T-Bar, and finally a chair lift. He was a member of the Beaver Mountain Ski Patrol for 60 years, except for three years while he was on active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, when he patrolled with the Terry Peak Ski Patrol in South Dakota. Judd served his first term as Patrol Director from 1953 to 1955. He was instrumental in the Beaver Mountain Patrol joining the National Ski Patrol system in 1954.
Our dear friend and fellow Park City Mountain Resort patroller Keith Bates passed away at the age of 79 in his home on October 14, 2013. Keith was an original member of Park City Mountain Resort’s mountain patrol since its first season in 1963 (then known as Treasure Mountain). He was the longest tenured patroller at Park City Mountain Resort and made many lifelong friends with a half century of continuous patrolling.