Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

A lifetime of service and safety recognized


October 3, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Cheri and Steve Thompson have 113 years of combined volunteer service with the National Ski Patrol. Sept. 21 they both received a Purple Merit Star for saving their friend's life in 2018. Steve was also inducted into the Class of 2019 National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame and received a Northern Division Patriot Star for his active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

SEELEY LAKE – For Seeley Lake couple Steve and Cheri Thompson, it was a normal day at Big Sky Resort with their Stanford Ski Group. When their friend Dave Utzinger had a bad crash that broke his neck, the Thompsons immediately started CPR and saved their friend's life.

After being nominated by the SnowBowl Volunteer Ski Patrol Director Joe Lustik, the Thompsons both received a Purple Merit Star for their life-saving actions Sept. 21. With 113 years of combined service volunteering with the National Ski Patrol, this is one of the highest honors awarded to patrollers.

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