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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Let's hear about your most recent run in with the ski patrol?
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My most recent ones have all been either my own or an athelete's injuries. All quite positive. Although one  'troller was a little judgemental when he said my DIN of 12 was pretty high.

I don't duck ropes these days or ski fast where inappropriate so I don't get reprimands. Although about 20 years ago I got my ticket punched for poaching Corbet's.  It was closed due to the hardness of the snow, not avi or rock danger. Just another stroll on ice for a New Englander.

 


Edited by MastersRacer - 12/13/09 at 3:23pm
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post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by King4227 View Post

Let's hear about your most recent run in with the ski patrol?

No...let's hear about YOURS.  I'm sure this will be good. 
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
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No...let's hear about YOURS.  I'm sure this will be good. 
 
Alright this isn't all that great, my brother and and i were skiing on the same hill, but not skiing together.  On a moderate slope i round the corner and see a ski partol guy leaning over a log.
Being the curious rubbernecker that i sometimes am i skiied over to see whats up.
   i get closer and find my brother laying on the ground next to a log. He had hit the log, then hit a tree, (he was fine) but he was just lying there embarrased and someone had called the ski patrol. Basically i just laughed and skiied off.
post #6 of 24
Last year I accidentally skied into a ski patroller...I skied over the tails of his skis and hit the ground HARD! Then when he came over to ask if I was ok I couldn't answer him cause I got the wind knocked out of me
post #7 of 24
Another time my friend was bombing down Cannon Mt. He was going like 40mph on a green circle run with tons of beginners and intermediates. Of course I was going that fast too because I was trying to keep up with him. Anyways a ski patrol guy got wicked mad at us and was like "HEY YOU IDIOTS SLOW DOWN!" he almost took away our lift tickets....
post #8 of 24
If you were actually doing 40 with that many people he probably should have

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Originally Posted by skier232 View Post

Another time my friend was bombing down Cannon Mt. He was going like 40mph on a green circle run with tons of beginners and intermediates. Of course I was going that fast too because I was trying to keep up with him. Anyways a ski patrol guy got wicked mad at us and was like "HEY YOU IDIOTS SLOW DOWN!" he almost took away our lift tickets....
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

If you were actually doing 40 with that many people he probably should have

 



 


   yes we really were going about 40...Also the patroller was on the lift when he yelled at us but another ski patrol guy was on the trail with us. He wasn't as angry though he knew my friend was a crazy psycho.....
post #10 of 24
My 5 year old daughter was hit by an adult snowboarder last year in Crested Butte.  Knocked her out cold and broke her femur. They suspected a traumatic brain and/or spinal injury. The ski patrol was there in a flash, did an amazing job stabilizing her and getting to the base area quickly.  Professionalism, courtesy, compassion and urgency at its finest. Nothing  but good things to say about the Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski patrol. Just going to toss it in as well, we have some pretty out of control terrain here in CB that is the definition of uncontrolled in bounds skiing and no skiers were caught in slides during the scary part of last year (unlike some Colorado ski areas). Those guys & gals did a great job.
post #11 of 24
hopefully, the ski patrol dealt the the snowboarder who struck your daughter as professionally as they dealt with your daughter but with less courtesy and compassion!

dave
post #12 of 24
I've never had a run in with ski patrol.  I've taken many exhilarating  runs with them.  Get there early, rip up the hill alongside the patrol.  It's a great way to start the day.
post #13 of 24
I had a run in with ski patrol my second ever time skiing. I had skied once on the bunny slope for a bit when I was four at Smuggs, but didn't get much accomplished as it had a wind chill of negative 20 and I couldn't hold onto a rope tow to save my life. My dad decided that he would teach me to ski. I was seven and we were staying at Attitash. He had skied enough in his life to handle beginner terrain, but not a whole lot more. So he quickly glanced at a map and somewhere in his head he made the connection of Blue being easy.

So he takes me to the top of Bear Peak where there is not a green circle in sight. When we get off the lift my dad decided to look at the trail map again and realized his mistake. So he tried to get me to snow plow my way down an intermediate trail. Only problem is I could snow plow a little bit but could not turn. After countless wipeouts and one good yardsale we started walking and sliding down the trail. Apparently someone had the courtesy to contact ski patrol as to our predicament and they showed up to check up on us. My dad explained what happened and the ski patrol was friendly enough that I got to ride down the mountain on the sled, the only time in my life I have ever had to and hopefully it will stay that way.

Anyways they made my dad walk the whole way down Bear Peak. It took him a while but eventually he showed back up and I got lessons.
post #14 of 24
 Jackson Hole, several years ago. Back when cliff jumping was the new thing, and taking inspiration from Scot Schmidt and Glen Plake, I skied with a local and asked her to take me to all the best cliffs.

On my old Blizzard 210's,  I hucked Nightmare Rock and Corbets, plus a couple of unnamed rocks and a cat track which I landed popping out of both of my skis.

Last run of the day we go to one called Headrush. Didn't do my due diligence, so backed up, got a lot of speed, and let it fly.
Looked down to find I was about 60 feet in the air let out the "ohhhhh shiiiiiiiittttt" and landed with my knee knocking into my nose and slid into and grazed a tree. 

Ski patrol came, asked what happened, looked up at the rock and said "oh, a bad-ass, huh?" I was dazed but ok, and skied down under my own power. The scar from the tree eventually faded about 10 years later.
post #15 of 24
not recent, but funny,
about 15 years I ago I was riding up the gondola at Gore with my girlfriend and her workfriend, who was a Ski Patroller from some other mtn.   
I was mentioning that I wanted to take a few lessons, but he cut me off short, so failed to mention I wanted to take some advanced mogul lessons.  I think he liked my girlfriend so he must have been attempting to belittle me in front of her?? 
He is telling me how everyone needs lessons and lessons are good and maybe I can ski double black diamonds without falling someday, if I practice enough. Then he leans back and says "Me, I'm beyond lessons now, I usually end up teaching the instructors now."  
Now I have no idea how good this guys skis and this guy has no idea if I can ski at all.  I had devoted quite some time to skiing moguls.  But, we get off the gondola and I see my buddy Scott and I say, "I really think we need to do Hawkeye (all moguls), Rob is going to teach us how to ski those bumps."
Rob pipes up and says to Scott, "Yeah, if you guys can keep up and watch me, maybe you can learn a few things."
We let him lead us down the mtn for a couple hundred feet then we blew past him.  Poor Rob crashed hard at least once every run we did, but he hung in there, until finally he flew right into the pines under the gondola.  Then he decided he was going to have lunch, at 11am. 
All he could tell my girlfriend later was that we have no ski style and we ski like robots.
 
 
 
Edited by unclejoe900 - 12/15/09 at 6:46pm
post #16 of 24
I get a lot of runs in with patrol.   This year the snow pack in Aspen is a little thin with a lot of instability.  The trollers have been bustin ass trying to get terrain open for us, but they need some help.  So they take good skiers that have signed a waiver and do  private tours of closed runs to try and stabilize them before opening to the public. 

Yesterday, in appreciation I took a couple of dozen cookies from Paradise Bakery  to the patrol HQ on top.  Juan thanked me and asked when I was leaving.  I told him I had a 2pm flight and that I would probably ski till about 12:30.  So he tells me "why don't you swing by the Glades about 11".
 
I ski up at 11,  Scott drops the rope and gives me a "have fun" and Arty is at the bottom for a high five.  I got three laps before I even saw another skier!
post #17 of 24
2 memoral moments of mine come to mind;

-- Park City: After get off a lift, We skied to the enterance of the run under the lift and it was ropped-off. We then skied to the run parrell and came across a cat track that accessed the ropped-off run. Since the cat track was'nt ropped I thought they were only restricting the top on the run. Went down the cat track and skied the run under the lift. At the bottom of the was a ski patrol(clean-cut, in jacket) and his buddy/trainee(long scraggly hair and beard, not in jacket). The converation went something like this:

patrol: Did you see that run was closed?
me    : I saw the top was closed, but cat track was open. Where I ski it's ok
           to access the run in those conditions
patrol: Where do you ski?
me    : Vail
patrol: Well, this isn't Vail.
me    : That's right! Vail has pro patrol !! Not National Ski Patrol rejects and
          white-trash hill hippies.
patrol: Give me your ticket( I was day sking).

Since it was 3:30 and we were on our way down I let him take it. I hind sight I should have had him call his supervisor. I did'nt think I was out of line.


--Mammoth Mountain: Late a.m. on a nice blue bird powder day. Everything skied up but there's still some nice soft crud. I'm sking Dropout shut under chair 23 and I've stopped at the end of the chute where it opens up onto the lower slope. About 50 yards below me some LA Betty pulls in from the right directlly below me right in the line I've been eying an stops. Now, knowing LA Bettys think the world revolves them, I doubt she's going to look up the hill(skiers code) before she swings wide to start sking down. I start my run down(after looking up hill) about 10 feet to her right and keep my eye on her all the time. Sure enough, when I'm about 10 feet from her, w/o looking uphill, she pushes-out right in front of me. I step-out and avoid her and when I'm right along side I screamed "Look uphill before you push off " at the top of my lungs, right into her ear as I fly by. Well, a patroler on the lift hears me yell but sees none of what happened before. He's waiting for me at the top of the lift and we proceed to have a discussion on the Skiers Code. He's pretty much has to admit I was right. Then the Betty and her BF arrive at the top of the lift and he yells something at me and the patroler tell him to move along. The patroler then starts to ski in the opposite direction, I ask him "Aren't you going to say something to them?", he says nothing and skis off.
Edited by Altaman - 12/22/09 at 6:52am
post #18 of 24
My most recent run in was at Crystal in Washington, where i ran into two of the nicest Patrollers anywhere. Ended up hiking some fantastic inbounds terrain i've ever skied.

To go one further, I've never had any run ins with Patrollers anywhere. As a former Patroller, they all have my respect because I know how hard they work everyday to make the slopes safer. Reguardless of the times they have to police the rules.
post #19 of 24
Some interesting comments.   40 mph in Beginner area - you are a fool and dangerous.  Crowd problem at the bottom of Drop Out at Mammoth, for gods sake give her some room, theres enough space at the bottom of Drop out to safely pass 50 skiers.

Question.  My last encounter with Ski Patrol.   1) 3 weeks ago No Idaho - patroller pointed me toward some untracked powder in the trees, sorta next to a closed run.   Good early season 6 inches.

2) last real encounter   Schweitzer Mt., Bonni's Tib/Fib wreck.  Patrollers did a real good job on her, were fast, efficient, professional and knew their jo b well.

Do I duck a ribbon now and then, yep but only when I know whats there, ski out of bounds now and then, yep but only if I know area or am with someone who does.   Haven't been caught - YET.

T
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me    : That's right! Vail has pro patrol !! Not National Ski Patrol rejects and
          white white-trash hill hippies.
 

Yeah, I can see why he jerked your ticket.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

Some interesting comments.   40 mph in Beginner area - you are a fool and dangerous.  Crowd problem at the bottom of Drop Out at Mammoth, for gods sake give her some room, theres enough space at the bottom of Drop out to safely pass 50 skiers.

Question.  My last encounter with Ski Patrol.   1) 3 weeks ago No Idaho - patroller pointed me toward some untracked powder in the trees, sorta next to a closed run.   Good early season 6 inches.

2) last real encounter   Schweitzer Mt., Bonni's Tib/Fib wreck.  Patrollers did a real good job on her, were fast, efficient, professional and knew their jo b well.

Do I duck a ribbon now and then, yep but only when I know whats there, ski out of bounds now and then, yep but only if I know area or am with someone who does.   Haven't been caught - YET.

T

   Actually it was my friend that was the fool...lets just say he is way to obsessed with going really fast. Also it wasn't the beginner area it was just a green circle run, but we had been skiing on steeper trails up top before we got to the green circle trail so...Hey I had to keep up with him...if I didn't I may not have found him again and that would mean no ride home for him...well that probably would have been better off but whatever =P
post #22 of 24
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   Actually it was my friend that was the fool...lets just say he is way to obsessed with going really fast. Also it wasn't the beginner area it was just a green circle run, but we had been skiing on steeper trails up top before we got to the green circle trail so...Hey I had to keep up with him...if I didn't I may not have found him again and that would mean no ride home for him...well that probably would have been better off but whatever =P
 

232 Sorry - Your friends a fool.   Lame excuse, when I ski with friends,if we get split up we ALWAYS Meet over  !!!!!
post #23 of 24
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232 Sorry - Your friends a fool.   Lame excuse, when I ski with friends,if we get split up we ALWAYS Meet over  !!!!!
 

   Hahaha yeah except I'm underage so....this kid was really just crazy though....never skied with him again after that unless it was on the ski team...
post #24 of 24
Sunday, almost everyone I rode the lift with was drooling over the 18" of fresh on the closed run underneath.  There was some brush showing through in spots, but there was probably about 6" of manmade under the POW in most spots.  Someone dropped a pole from the lift-probably as an excuse to poach that mother.  On the next ride up we saw two patrols hitting it and shouted at them from the lift..
"That trail is closed for a reason!!!!  No poaching!!!!  We're gonna pull your passes!!!!"

In all fairness, visibility was sub zero and there are huge rocks and some small cliffs in play there.
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