2012 Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol Annual Refresher

My 10th Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol Season has Begun

This past weekend, November 3rd and 4th, marked my 10th annual Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol refresher! Because our principal responsibilities are for the safety of our guests, it is always a weekend of medical lectures, practicals, and lift-evacuation exercises. We are a skiing and riding organization of EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, and Physicians.

On January 16, 1934 the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club (MMSC) was legally incorporated with a charter that stated the club was to promote 'good health' and all other facilities for winter recreation in Stowe, Vermont. Thus was laid the beginnings of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol (MMSP), which remains as the oldest ski patrol in the United States.

The MMSP led to the creation of ski patrols across the country, which led to the creation of the National Ski Patrol. During World War Two, the National Ski Patrol was the driving force behind the formation of the famous 10th Mountain Division - the only ski troops fielded by America. You can read more about MMSP at Stowe Mountain Resort here.

Here's the only photo I took of our traditional lift evacuation exercise. The cold and snow overnight continued on Saturday, forcing Smugglers' Notch, which became impassable, to be closed before the end of the day.

2012 Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol Refresher - Lift Evacuation Exercise - November 3, 2012

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.