Having read around these forums for a couple days now, I see that this isn't the first time someone has come here for help. I think being a Ski Patroller is an incredible job, and as someone who loves to snowboard, I thank you for all your hard work. That said, I'm looking for some insight on the equipment patrollers use, mainly the toboggan and backpack/waist pack/vests. As far as who I am, my name is James and I'm a 4th year industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati. I'm doing this project as a part of a studio I'm enrolled in to redesign workstations. I'm pretty clueless on the whole thing which is why this information is so important. I'll be going to our little local hill to talk with some patrollers this week, but I just wanted to reach out to those of you here as well.
If you have time to fill out a survey, I have one...HERE.
Any information would be awesome and I thank you all in advance. Also, all the other designers I've seen requesting help here never seemed to post their work. So for your interest, here's just some drawings I've been doing while working on the research. I need more information to justify different design directions, and will continue to refine ideas as the quarter goes on.