Originally Posted by paul jones
I'd like to hear your opinion on the ability of Jackson Hole patrollers. At Mad River I have seen some amazing skiers on patroll. This year there were also some incredible instructors as well. But from ski area to ski area it seems the patrollers are the ones to watch.
How about Jackson Hole?
The rest are strong, serviceable skiers who can and do ski some of the crappiest snow conditions you'll ever run across. They carry 20# packs around all day and spend almost all their time working rather than what most of us would call "skiing".
Many of them might not have a turn that would catch your eye from the chairlift, but I'd bet that very, very few skiers (including almost all instructors) on any hill could do what these patrollers can. Imagine being the front man/woman or the back belayer on a toboggan loaded with a 275# man who's suffered a possible spinal injury. Your job is to bring that sled safely down Jackson Hole's Expert Chutes on a day when the entire surface is frozen, shiny moguls with a few boulders thrown in just to make it sporty.
Every one of those guys and girls is so solid on their skis that I would have to rate them among the very best on the hill.