Originally Posted by skiking4
So let's say you're a patroller at JH... YOU HAVE TO SKI DOWN ALTA CHUTES WITH THAT SHIT!?!? omg... I can't even picture that...
Co-incidently, Just yesterday I was riding the lift with a customer who asked about training and such. When I got to sleds, he said the same thing as you, "You have to take a sled down XXXX"
Then I realized something, driving an empty sled is as easy as free skiing. There are some things you have to do if unexpectedly slowing down, or to make sure the sled doesn't pass you on double fall lines, hairpin turns, etc., but it's pretty easy, the sled just goes for the ride.
Driving a loaded sled is even easier. I go for the ride. I ride the sled. On ice, with the chain down, I hang onto the handles, lift when I want to go fast, push down when I want to slow down. It's as easy as driving a car.
In moguls, the path you select determines your speed and the terrain (top side of bumps) slows you down. I can falling leaf down a bump line all day long at sled speed without any stress.
A smooth ride for the patient means an easy, steady ride, no testosterone driven judging going on. Unless you F* up, and even then your fellow patrollers are pretty supportive after you buy beers.