Dana Meeks

SPEED SKI WORLD CHAMPION

Dana has been a part of the Gold Hill community from 1962 to present. During high school Dana lived at Gold Hill full-time, attending school in Enumclaw. In 1976 Dana entered his first speed skiing race in in Cervinia, Italy. With a goal of reaching 100 mph he clocked 109.911 mph. In 1986 Dana won the World Cup in Speed Skiing, posting a top speed of 127.679 mph in La Clusaz, France. Later that year Dana was selected by Pacific Northwest Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40.” Dana retired from speed skiing in 1990.

In 2000, the Wall Street Journal selected Dana to write the “Yes” side of a point-counterpoint article “Should the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort be allowed to embark on a Multimillion-Dollar Upgrade?”  In 2001 The Seattle Times ran an expanded version of the same article., “Proposed Crystal Mountain upgrade deserves support.”

In 2005 the Forest Service approved Crystal Mountain’s Master Plan, and most of the proposed improvements are in place today.