Lisa was getting Milo a sandwich when Chris pulled up next to her and got one him self. They chatted, he talked about Mac and Milo and she asked where he was going. "Tunnel Creek, we got a group going out there." "Ok, well be safe." "I will." And a hour later, he and two others were dead.
I could go on and on about Chris Rudolph, but I think the thing for me that sums him up is, that pretty much every weekend I go shred Stevens I climb three floors at at the Tie Creek Lodge to the third floor to go into the marketing department to see Jules, Nate and Chris. For no reason other than to shoot the shit with the boys. And I don't like hiking.
For the President of Stevens Pass to say this of Chris, you know he was one of the good ones. "Chris, as Director of Marketing, was the face of Stevens Pass and along with his marketing team, Nate and Jules, instrumental in setting the “personality” of Stevens. Chris was a kaleidoscope of joy, humor and passion. His vibrant zeal for life, making the air around him nearly quiver with anticipation for each new day and the beginning of a new adventure. Chris’ charm, charisma and wit, that quirky view of life and reality, made him an epicenter of activity, social connection and downright fun. Everyone wanted and still wants to be around Chris, because his exuberance and energy buoyed you and pulled you along in his current of true joy and wonder at the world around us."
The shitty thing of this whole deal, is that in death, Chris ultimately accomplished what he always wanted to do. He put Stevens Pass on the radar to all. Whether that's a good thing or bad, I'd rather have the three people in that Marketing Office next weekend when I drop in.