Originally Posted by nypatroller
At our mid-sized mountain, like at most others, we work for the patrol director (who in turn works for the area operation manager). We do: First Aid/Medical, Trail Inspection (am) and Sweep (pm closing),hourly checks of all trails, signs/bamboo/etc, open/close trails for grooming or other reasons, guest services (people falling down, directions, questions, whatever - our guideline: "If we can't help you we will find you someone who can"), security on-hill and at the base/lodge/parking lot, general friendliness and helpfulness, safety awareness (restraining bars/skiing too fast in a slow area/recklessness/closed trail), lift evac, the usual stuff.
Ditto, although we only do a 1pm trail check, plus finding lost children, taxi rides for skiers over their head, or helping them down, etc
|Happily we don't have to be bad-guy ski cops very much (I haven't had to yank a ticket in years), but we're lucky in that we have a good clientele.
I think I've taken 4 tickets in 10 years, all happily taken and well deserved, IMHO.
We have security, run by a retired State trooper and manned by ex-cops, who back us up 100% when we need them, take over when the incident is more in their area of expertise, and get us out of speeding tickets. We also have ambassadors, who are stationed in the family zones doing traffic control and pretty much answer to us.
|Occasionally we'll catch a little lift-line duty (if somebody is absent or late to work), chairlift load/unload, traffic control, or help with mountain operations for a special event. Sometimes we shovel snow on walkways/stairs/lodge area.
that could possibly fall to the full-timers, I was yelled at by my PD once, when I was shovelling a walkway, him saying that we pay full-time rookies and candidates to do that. Though I have shovelled out lifts before opening, many times.
Like someone else said, every patrol is different. some get to ski their butts off, some have to man a top station, and only get a few runs a day. Some patrols send a ptroller to check on possibles, then get a patroller back-up that brings all the equipment you request, some require their patrollers to carry everything to the possible, Luckily we're the former on both. We are fairly busy, but with cutting lift lines, probably get as many runs as most customers on the average busy day.
At my hill, our basic day as a volunteer is on the hill at 7:30 to open the mountain, inspecting trails, putting up signs, etc. we then ski as much as we want carrying a radio. If we see something wrong, someone needs help or are in position to do something that comes over the radio, we take care of it. My mountain provides all our first aid supplies and jacket every few years, gives us breakfast and lunch, a season pass, a seson pass for our immediate family, discounts on day care and seasonal programs for our family, and good discount on food when we're not working(midweek). we have to do 24 W/E or holiday days a year. They do not provide ski equipment, housing or dinner to volunteers, but that is all tax deductable for us, and we get pro-form on almost everything.