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.
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.
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.
By James Chen | February 7, 2014
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.
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."
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.
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.
By James Chen | January 24, 2009
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."
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.
DCSki Columnist Jim Chen spent the past weekend skiing at Maryland's Wisp Resort with his family and friends. He provides this Firsthand Report.
After suffering through a warm January, DCSki Columnist Jim Chen hit the slopes of Liberty Mountain on February 13, right after the return of cold temperatures and a dumping of natural snow.
DCSki Columnist James Chen spent Superbowl Sunday skiing with his family at Pennsylvania's Liberty Mountain Resort. He didn't make it home in time to catch kickoff, but that's because his family had so much fun on the slopes, as he describes in this Firsthand Report.
James Chen, a patroller at Liberty Mountain, provides a detailed look at what you should do if you encounter an injured skier or boarder on the slopes. These tips could save a life.
It's the ski season again, and a good time to reflect on ways to make sure this season is fun-filled and injury free. DCSki Columnist and ski patroller James Chen takes a look at some of the most common ski and snowboarding injuries, and how to avoid them.
Although skiing and snowboarding will always carry a degree of risk, following a few simple guidelines can help reduce the risk of injury - particularly on crowded slopes. DCSki Columnist and ski patroller James Chen explains the popular Skier/Boarder Responsibility Code.
By James Chen | January 6, 2000