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James Chen

James “Jim” Chen” is a member of the National Ski Patrol and Assistant Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain ski area in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Jim has been a member of the Liberty Patrol since the 1995-1996 season. Off the slopes, Jim is an attorney in Washington, D.C. where he counsels clients on transportation, innovation, safety and environmental areas

Jim has written 27 stories for DCSki since 1999.

Going Further Afield: Fun at Steamboat Springs

    February 5, 2017 - DCSki Columnist and Liberty Patroller James Chen joined a group of other ski patrollers for a January trip to Colorado’s Steamboat Springs. Jim provides a detailed trip report.

Trying Something New: Telemark Skiing, the Original Ski Method

    February 16, 2015 - Liberty Mountain Ski Patroller James Chen was looking for new challenges at local resorts, and found what he was looking for in a new-to-him snowsport: telemark skiing. He provides an introduction to the “original” ski technique in this story.

When the Weather Outside Stays Frightful: Signs and Symptoms of Cold Injuries

    February 7, 2014 - As the Mid-Atlantic deep freeze continues, Jim Chen, a National Ski Patroller, provides tips on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of cold weather injuries, and how to treat them.

Firsthand Report: Early Season Trip to Utah

    January 12, 2014 - DCSki Columnist Jim Chen recently returned from a trip to Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort. He provides this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Surprise Weekend Getaway at Northstar-at-Tahoe

    January 30, 2011 - An unexpected trip to the west coast gave DCSki Columnist Jim Chen a chance to ski someplace he had never skied before: Northstar-at-Tahoe. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Wonderful Weekend at Liberty

    December 21, 2009 - As a patroller at Liberty Mountain Resort, DCSki Columnist Jim Chen had to work over the weekend. But don’t feel too sorry for him; Liberty received 20 inches of fresh powder in the recent storm, and Jim was one of the first to make runs down powder slopes. Jim provides this Firsthand Report from a weekend that can only be described as “epic.”

Firsthand Report: Spring Skiing in February at Liberty, February 8, 2009

    February 14, 2009 - With temperatures approaching 70 last week, DCSki Columnist Jim Chen headed to the mountains for a day mid-winter “spring skiing”at Liberty Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 8. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Powder on Super Tuesday Weekend at WIsp

    January 24, 2009 - DCSki Columnist Jim Chen spent the Inaugural Weekend on the slopes of Maryland’s Wisp Resort, with a crew consisting of a snowboarder, a telemark skier, two alpiners and a seven year old sold determined to make it down the mountain with turning. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

Liberty Mountain Patrol Gears Up for Ski Season

    November 18, 2008 - With the ski season rapidly approaching, DCSki Columnist (and volunteer ski patroller) Jim Chen provides a look at the preparations Liberty Mountain ski patrollers go through before the lifts start running. This past weekend, Liberty patrollers met for their annual “On-The-Hill” refresher, the first of many training sessions designed to ready patrollers for any emergency that might arise on the slopes. Jim also reports that Liberty was recently awarded with a prestigious award for their “National Safety Week Program.”

Liberty Mountain to Purchase Carroll Valley Golf Course and Resort

    November 11, 2008 - In early November, Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain ski resort announced its plans to purchase the Carroll Valley Golf Course and Resort, located just next door to the ski area. DCSki Columnist (and Liberty volunteer ski patroller) Jim Chen provides an update on the purchase, as well as his thoughts on how it may affect the ski area in the future.

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