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Joe Zuiches Memorial Fund

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A big thank you to Ben Mathes for starting this campaign when I didn't know what to do with myself.  It has now been transferred to myself, Mikki Zuiches,Joe s wife, soulmate, ski partner and best friend.

Thank you all for showering us with your support through our darkest moments and days. I look forward to sharing with our son Cannon the generous outpouring of light from all of you when our future looked so dark. With all of our love... because of all your love 

Mikki Z

Ski Patrol loves fresh snow as much as you. And you owe those few best days in the mountains to patrollers. They go into the worst storms at 5am. They put their life on the line for you and yours.

When the worst happens, we owe.

-Ben Mathes


Joe Zuiches, a 42 year-old resident of Olympic Valley and a member of the Squaw Valley professional ski patrol since 2012, was killed in a fatal incident at 8:35 AM this morning, prior to regularly scheduled operations, during avalanche control activities at the top of Gold Coast Ridge at Squaw Valley.

The team at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is deeply saddened by this tragic event, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected. Joe will be survived by his wife and infant son. Make a charitable donation to the Zuiches Family today.


If you are a large individual donor, please contact Jackie Megnin: [email redacted]


Mikki Zuiches
Alpine Meadows, CA

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