|Originally posted by Mitch:
Hey I did it!!! I became a patroller. Mountian power, respect and now (the less prestigious) gossip. I am very young at the age of 20 and I have been skiing for about five years,(including, the one trip to the hill for a day, years at the beginning.) I always wanted to become apart of the most respected skiiers on the hill. Now I am immersed in the ethical contrivorsey (i cannot spell) of providing a fun ski enviornment and a safe one. I am getting sh!t because i am not lazy and I accomplish tasks that i have set for my self. Putting up safty lines and breaking down disastorious obsticals. My slope leaders make fun of me by providing lines like, hey he is only new and he will wise up, What the heck!! have the patrollers lost their frick'n mind. have they forgotted why they are out there? I understand they have been there for a long time and they know it all, but do they think that because of their time in service or because of their lack of drive? I am not up tight nor am i easily provoked or detered but i am wondering if any one out there could give up some of their tips to help this young patroller. Some day I am looking to be the best!! thanks
The new patroller runs to every skier that falls. The old patroller watches and waits for the keys that give them a sense of urgency.
The new patroller stops people from skiing recklessly and injuring themselves. The old patroller watches to make sure actions of a skier do not infringe upon the rest of the public that also have a right to the mountain.
The new patroller yells stop while everyone listens to the outlandish authority. The old patroller makes a friend of the skier to be yelled at and explains the consequence of their actions on themselves and the other skiers quietly.
The new patroller skis the toughest part of the mountain and really looks cool. The old patroller skis the easiest part of the mountain and talks to the future customers making friends of the rug rats and parents as they go by.
The new patroller is enthusiastic as they should be and going strong. The old patroller understands these are our customers and while we must be strong they are our customers everyone on the mountain with no exception including the lifties and all other “hired” help.
I am here quietly when you don’t need me and rapidly when you do. “I am here because I care!”
I am a patroller 35 years and still in the background and now I teach you to ski so you can start my sport safely!
Best of luck to you! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img][ December 16, 2002, 09:10 PM: Message edited by: Learner ]