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Skier of the Decade: Minnie Dole, 1940s

Skier of the Decade: Minnie Dole, 1940s
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The man credited with inventing ski patrol.

When America entered World War II, 4,000 ski patrolmen were dispensing first aid and helping injured skiers off the mountain. The all-volunteer patrol had been the idea of New York insurance broker C. Minot “Minnie” Dole, who witnessed a friend hit a tree and die because no one with medical skill or a proper sled was there to rescue him. Working with the Red Cross and the National Ski Association in the late 1930s, he recruited and trained ski patrols across the nation.

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