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I passed my hill test!!!

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After two long years of training I passed my toboggan and ski test last Friday. Now I can wear the red and black…
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Good for you! Patrolling can be very rewarding.
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Congrats.
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Congrats.

During my candidate year (last season), a veteran patroler constantly jokingly called me "candidate" instead of my name all year. When I passed and earned my jacket, he congratulated me. He sadly said that he can no longer call me candidate, and happily stated that he can now call me "rookie". Oh, great. :
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Thanks to all for the congrats... Two long seasons as a candidate and 250 + hours of training and patrolling at Paoli Peaks IN. Can't wait for next season... That tail rope gave me fits!
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Tail ropes? We don't use no stink'in tail ropes!

That says it at the mountain :-))!

Congrats

CalG
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Way to go. The people on this forum know what you went through.


this is just the start, it gets more fun from here
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Congrats.

During my candidate year (last season), a veteran patroler constantly jokingly called me "candidate" instead of my name all year. When I passed and earned my jacket, he congratulated me. He sadly said that he can no longer call me candidate, and happily stated that he can now call me "rookie". Oh, great. :

We had a probationary period.....called us "probbies"
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Way to go!
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Congrats!
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super!
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After two long years of training I passed my toboggan and ski test last Friday. Now I can wear the red and black…
Congratulations, rookie! you're buying..
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After two long years of training I passed my toboggan and ski test last Friday. Now I can wear the red and black…
remember--- taking a tumble while in your jacket WILL cost you a round of beer after your shift

sorry, thems the rulz!:
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Thanks to all for the congrats... Two long seasons as a candidate and 250 + hours of training and patrolling at Paoli Peaks IN. Can't wait for next season... That tail rope gave me fits!
Congrats.. I personally think tail rope is the hardest part..
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Congrats.. I personally think tail rope is the hardest part..
A trail rope and heavy wet snow can strike fear in the hearts of most testing candidates…
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A trail rope and heavy wet snow can strike fear in the hearts of most testing candidates…
You're telling me! I was doing a tail rope two weeks ago in really bad mixed conditions... heavy snow that was mostly clumped into balls that were quickly freezing into ice. Near the clinic, the lead guy told me that he wanted to pick up speed, and he did so. I caught an outside edge, rolled my ski over an ice clump, then they crossed completely. At that point, I was catapulted about 15 feet by the bloody rope. The leader never even noticed I was gone.
Those conditions strike fear into MY heart, and almost all of the patrollers on my hill love when I'm on the rope.
Dean.
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You need a tail rope at a ski area in IN? Really? We have them for belaying over a cornice and really steep bumps (if the bumps are soft the chain doesn't always bite well so its nice to have an extra brake). I've never seen a ski area in the midwest (nor really many in the east for that matter) where a tail rope would seem necessary. Other than the situations mentioned above, we only use the tail rope for stability on a sketchy traverse and to give the person in the horns a bit of a boost on the flats.

Agreed though, that tail roping sucks. Especially in soft snow when your feet can get hung up. We were doing training down a run called Waterfall (yep, there's a visible waterfall under there in spring and fall). Its steep and fairly bumpy. I was in the horns and had my skis pointed to the right. I look back over my right shoulder and don't see my tail roper, but I do see something out of the corner of my eye sort of sliding past me on the other side. I look and sure enough, I'd pulled my tail roper over when he'd hit a big clump of soft snow. The patroller in the sled got big eyes and asked me if he should bail. I told him "no," told the other patroller to let go of the rope and I just stopped the sled before the next break-over.

250 hours? Have I really done that much? I guess when you add up OEC and 16 days of candidate training. I'm glad it doesn't take two years though. We have two more weekends of candidate training, then I have to do 10 days of shadowing to ensure I know the mountain and all the open/close procedures before I can respond to wrecks solo.

We don't actually have a "test" per se any more. The candidate coordinators make sure you can demonstrate all the necessary skills, but then they just sign off that you've completed everything satisfactorily.

Being a candidate is hard f'ing work. I'm looking forward to regular patrol days where I don't have to work quite so hard. I doubt we'll have many real patrol days where I have to take a 250lb piece of meat over a cornice and down a gnarly bump run 2-3 times in an afternoon. We have a new candidate who is about 5'3" and 110lbs. I'm volunteering to have her be my sled meat this weekend.
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No we don’t use tail ropes or toboggans for that matter… we are a upside down hill with snowmobiles but to become a basic patroller we have to pass the NSP toboggan and ski test and demo all the skills.

When you only use the sled for training not day to day transport its hard to pickup the finer points of toboggan handling

Good luck with your sign off…
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Being a candidate is hard f'ing work. I'm looking forward to regular patrol days where I don't have to work quite so hard. I doubt we'll have many real patrol days where I have to take a 250lb piece of meat over a cornice and down a gnarly bump run 2-3 times in an afternoon. We have a new candidate who is about 5'3" and 110lbs. I'm volunteering to have her be my sled meat this weekend.
I remember my evaluation day, long time ago, not very fondly. I did have to show that I could haul this 275 lb guy down really narly 37 degree pitch ice mogul field. The bumps were huge and tight, polished into ice zipper lines by the free style team. The chains didn't work half the time, 'cause the chains weren't even on the ground. It was a controlled freefall, and all I was trying to do was to stay just one step ahead of a run away freight train. ... and make it look easy while sweating for my life.

Regarding tail roping: it is the toughest discipline that requires exacting patrolling skills. All deficiencies are magnified once a rope gets put in your hands. However, it is also a good way to let folks in training know that their skills are not yet up to snuff. My motto: if you can run a decent tail rope, you will be able to run a superior toboggan at the handles. That's why tail rope practice in training is a good thing, even though many (including myself) don't think it is necessary for most real life transport situations.
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