1) has this been beated to death already, if so, I could not find any posts about it in the search....sorry.
2) here are the ideas.
A) Whether you ski the same area or visit other areas.....find the local mountain number, one that you know had a direct transfer to ski patrol or actually ski patrol's shack. Enter it and save it....in case of emergency. Better to dial the mountain number (in my view) than 911. If you dial the latter, they work backwards....to get patrol involved...Right?
B) This leads me to...Why dont ski areas and the National Patrollers come up with a quick number...x11 like 211 or 711. Post the crap out of it all over the mountain...'in case of emergency call...x11" That number could be directed to a local patrol shack. In areas of major resorts that are close, like Salt Lake-----they would have dispatch as the volume demands. If the x11 system would not work...they could use *snow or something like that.
Not a patroller...., maybe there are good reasons for not doing the above. But I have been at some major areas and it could take 10 or so minutes, at best, to find a patroller...if I had to do that, I would have to leave the victom alone to go search.
ONE NEGATIVE---more people might take to skiing/boarding alone with their cell as their safty net.