day starts when he and his 15-year-old son Mike arrive at the mountain.
They head into the cafeteria to sign in for the morning. Bob signs
in, gets a voucher for Mike and they both sit down to have some
breakfast. As they eat, other patrollers arrive. Everyone chats
as they look forward to a day of skiing.
heads down to the patrol room for the morning briefing. This is
where the patrol director updates everyone on the weather forecast,
the condition of the mountain and runs, anything new everyone should
be aware of or of things to pay attention to.
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ends, time to hit the mountain. The mountain doesn't open until
9:00 so Mike has to stay behind while Bob heads up to his assigned
section. Bob rides the lift and checks in with the section chief
or section 1. The section chief says that the signs have all been
taken care of, but we need to check the perimeter and bump the tower
pads. Because of all the snow we have been having the tower pads
are too low and need to be raised.
out to work on the perimeter. This means checking that all the poles
are straight and solid in the snow. That the rope stretched between
them is the right height with the right tension.
the perimeter handled, Bob decides to take a few runs before tackling
the tower pads. So, he hooks up with Mike and they ski some runs
really wants to get out onto West Ridge for some challenging skiing
so Bob starts to take him out there when the radio crackles with
a call from dispatch. There is an injury just down the hill from
Bob. Mike has really been looking forward to taking this run, but
Bob can't do it, he has to respond to the call. Bob gets on the
radio and let's his section chief know that he is right above the
point and will take the call.
at the injury to find a
load the patient in the toboggan and Bob takes him down to the first
aid room. In the first aid room...
the paperwork done and the patient packaged and on the way to the
hospital, it is time to hit the slopes again. Being 11:00 Bob decides
to go get the tower pads done before lunch so he heads up to the
top to see who he can grab to help out. At the top...
pads done, it is time for lunch.
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slopes. Bob decides to find Mike to take him on that run he really
wants to do.