Originally Posted by tylrwnzl
Kind of. Not just one patroller was fired in the incident, four were. Three of whom had over twenty years of experience at the mountain. The reason for the protest was not only on the basis of their illegal firing, but also largely because--in the midst of the worst avalanche season in decades--the owners fired the men who were number one, two, and three in charge of avalanche safety. Their firing left the mountain without safety staff trained to be able to handle the complex safety issues and the patrol did a sick day to protest the firing based on safety grounds, not just office politics.
I understand the safetty issue claim. This may or may not be valid. I have no opinion and it is not relevant anyway. If you have safetty issues, making things more dangerous by not showing up is not the way to handle it. Nurses strike, but they still show up for work!
Again, I am on the patrol side here, but as someone who has championed the good fight against big corporate ski orgainsations I have learned there is a right way, and a wrong way to go about it.
Never ever give them a valid excuse to fire you. Not showing up for work is such an excuse.
Originally Posted by newfydog
Skidude, I've worked as a patrol, in both the US and Canada. I never saw anything like this. Have you been a patrol and seen this behavior as a norm?
Had I been the patrol that day, I would have responded in the same professional manner as the SSV patrol did. You don't fire patrol for doing their job properly. I don't ski at areas which do.
I wouldnt say it is the norm, no. But it is certainly not a once in a milienuem event. Properly once a season or at least every second season one experienced pro from either ski school or patrol or ops or what have you gets the axe.
Was patrol just doing their job? Well just applying some critical thought and some experience...ski patrol are a bit notorious for bieng heavy handed when it suits them. Was this such a case? As I understand there was bad blood long before the incident....did ski patrol then use this as a chance to "get even"? To then only to get shot at the knees? Is it right? Of course not. But I dont buy the ski patrol where just being polite and doing their job. Shit went down on the hill....no doubt. The other patrol escalated the issue....not smart. The profesional thing to do would have been to show up for work, and allow cooler heads to prevail. If that doesnt work, then quit or do what you feel, but then at least you are leaving on your terms, not theirs.
I hope this gets sorted, but not at the expense of everybody esle trying to make a go in Banff or at SSV.