It may not be too snowy outside, but that won’t stop the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol from working hard this summer. We stopped by the 2014 Idaho Music and Wildflower Festival to hear how the volunteer group is uniting to help out an injured friend.
“It’s cool to see it going to a great cause. We’ve heard good things about the ski patrol out here,” said one of the festival attendees, who traveled all the way from Oregon.
The Fourteenth Annual Festival brought people from far and wide to enjoy some food, flowers, and raise some funds.
“Without it, it would be hard for us to provide the care. We couldn’t get the supplies together,” said Pebble Creek Ski Patrol Member Dave Martin.
The Pebble Creek Ski Patrol has used this event as their main source of income for years now, keeping the mountain safe one entry fee at a time. But this year, the volunteer group decided to branch out, and host a silent auction to raise money for medical expenses for one of their own.
“From the get go she was paralyzed from the neck down,” said Martin, of Judd’s accident.
Jocelyn Judd is a member of the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol who was severely injured at Targhee. A young woman known for lending a hand where ever she could, her coworkers are taking the chance to return the favor.
“Not only does she serve volunteer with Pebble Creek Ski Patrol, but she serves in the local community as a physician’s assistant, providing primary medical care to underserved people. It would be nice if she would get back in her profession and helping people out,” added Martin.
In addition to actively working to get Jocelyn back on her skis, the Pebble Creek family used the festival to raise money for the Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation, uniting the mountain every chance they get, even in the offseason.
“Ski patrol takes care of us on the mountain when we’re skiing, Jocelyn was one of our wounded, and we got to take care of our mountain family, so get a chance to support everybody up here,” said another member of the ski patrol, Luke Nelson.
Jocelyn Judd has made a remarkable recovery so far thanks to the funds that the Pocatello community has raised for her to get the best care possible, she is walking once again, and was even able to go kayaking last week. Despite her progress, her family still needs about $20,000 to get her back home to east Idaho.