Ski Patrol Refresher

My 7th Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol Refresher ended late this afternoon. It was 2 days of management presentations, medical-skills reviews, lectures, and practicals together with a heavy concentration on lift-evacuation skills and practice.

Saturday Morning

Sunday Morning

Skis & boots we intend to use this season were to be checked and approved today. All equipment had to be signed in prior to our 8:00 a.m. start. My skis are now certified through May 2010.

This exercise mimicked an actual rescue in this same location at the top of Cardiac Hill behind the Mansfield Base Lodge

Oh, and by the way, in his annual state-of-the-resort presentation to the Patrol yesterday morning, SMR's CEO told us that, even with several offers on the table, the sale of the Resort (an AIG asset) is on hold.

MMSP Evening Class

The annual Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol (MMSP) refresher was held this past weekend. It's a weekend-long training fest: a state-of-the-resort presentation by its CEO, Robert McEleney, a presentation by the resort's VP of Mountain Operations, lift evacuation practice, medical practical stations, lectures, and demonstrations. It's also when we get our skis/snowboards, bindings, and boots checked and certified for the soon-to-start season -- proposed Stowe Mountain Resort 2008-2009 opening is November 22nd.

Every year, the Cactus Café on the Mountain Road hosts an 'evening class' for MMSP on Saturday night of refresher weekend. The patrol really appreciates the ongoing Cactus support. If you haven't been yet, try it next visit!