Tag: ski patrol
Thanks to the diligent work of the ski patrol, getting caught in an inbounds avalanche is exceptionally unlikely anywhere in Colorado Ski Country. However, if Mother Nature conspires against you and you get caught in a slide, there’s a good chance that a specially trained Ski Patrol doggy will dig you out, lick your face,
and ply you with brandy.
Last season, Wolf Creek’s Patrol Director Eric Dietemeyer showed us this cool training session for Rico, one of their trusted rescue dogs.
Skiing is inherently silly. As stated by Dexter Rutecki in Aspen Extreme: “We’re not curing cancer here, we’re sliding down a mountain with sticks on our feet.” Skiing is fun, it’s silly, and it’s not to be taken too seriously.
Unless you’re a member of Colorado’s Ski Patrol.
For Ski Patrollers, skiing isn’t just a fun activity; it’s their job. Colorado’s Ski Patrol represent one of the most comprehensively trained groups in all of outdoor recreation. Medical training, mountain travel, search and rescue, evacuation, incident response and evidence gathering – you name it, the Ski Patrol is trained for it and ready to respond.
Colorado’s skiers and snowboarders were recently presented with a misleading article that stated:
“When someone dies or is seriously injured on a Colorado ski slope, it is ski patrollers — not trained police officers, sheriff’s deputies or forest rangers — who document and determine what happened.”
That’s true, and it’s exactly the way you, as a skier, should want it. Here’s why:
Allow me to extrapolate: