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Injured Patrolman at Mad River

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Here's a copy of the letter that was sent out recently after a serious injury occurred during a rescue in the woods.  It is a request to those who ski the woods to be careful and be safe.

 

http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1103E&L=SKIVT-L&T=0&F=&S=&P=856

post #2 of 11

Some good tips there.


 

post #3 of 11

Does anyone know the event of what happened?

post #4 of 11

While rescuing a skier in the woods, Steve Skilton, the patroler, was assisting in lower the sled into a hard to reach area.  Either he lost his footing or the snow gave way (we're not sure which) and he fell off a cliff and hit a tree.  Fortunately, he is making a strong recovery.

 

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Does anyone know the event of what happened?



 

post #5 of 11

Thanks for posting this, Paul.

 

What I've been wondering lately is, with all the carnage that patrollers see how do they keep from preaching this stuff at every opportunity?

post #6 of 11

The details at the care pages are sobering. I hope his recovery continues to go well.

 

post #7 of 11

Oh man, that's a hell of a fall he had.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I know so many people who have been hurt in the woods, including myself.  There are so many hazards, many under the snow cover.  I like the woods but now I am nervous.  Self-confidence is important when you need to "own your turns".

 

Not certain as to where this accident occurred but the woods out past Paradise can be insane.  The last time I skied Octopus my skiing was on and it was fantastic.  That was before I straddled the tree.  No doubt, a simple mistake could be disastrous in that area.

 

 

post #9 of 11

Yep, one person I talked to said this happened in three cliffs, just above octo

post #10 of 11

Seems like a good opportunity to take a moment and say thanks to all on the forum who patrol, and make the hills safe for us - and pick us up when we screw up. We couldn't be on the hills without you guys and gals! The other day I was skiing Crystal (WA) and a patroller asked me if I'd buy a raffle ticket for a benefit. I bought two, and thanked him for his work.

 

So, THANKS guys! We appreciate you!

 

And good thoughts to the injured patroller  from Mad River, I hope you have a quick and full recovery.

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Thanks for posting this, Paul.

 

What I've been wondering lately is, with all the carnage that patrollers see how do they keep from preaching this stuff at every opportunity?


As a patroller, the thing that bothered me the most were injured kids. Always left me upset, thinking it could be my own.  I now am a ski instructor, so hopefully I can instill safe practices and good ski techniques, so they will never have to take a sled ride.wink.gif

 


 

 

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