Saddleback Ski Patrol
The Saddleback Ski Patrol is composed of 12 Professional and 35 volunteer patrollers. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the service and safety of all skiers and riders.
As patrollers we are on the mountain each morning to check out trail conditions, hazards and signage necessary to keep skiers and riders safe. Throughout the day we man posts at all levels of the mountain, ready to respond quickly to the location of an accident, injury, or rescue. At the end of the day we sweep to make sure there are no stragglers or injured skiers that need assistance down the mountain. Saddleback has a state-of-the-art First Aid facility staffed by ski patrol during business hours. We are committed to assessing your injuries and getting you the medical assistance you need.
All patrollers are certified in Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) and CPR and are involved in continuous training throughout the year. Annually we have a two-day course to review our first aid skills and any new updates to the Outdoor Emergency Care system or National Ski Patrol protocols. Additionally, we are trained to evacuate persons from chairlifts.
The Outdoor Emergency Care course is a season long class supplemented with a Ski & Toboggan course to ensure that all patrollers have the appropriate ski skills required to take a patient down the mountain in any conditions. Caring and efficient customer service is important to us and we are happy to help guests with anything they may need or direct them to the right person.
The History of the National Ski Patrol
In March 1938, Roger F. Langley, then president of the National Ski Association, had an industry-changing vision. He was extremely impressed with the organization of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol and asked its founder and leader, Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, if he would organize a national patrol like the one at Mt. Mansfield. “Minnie” accepted, and the National Ski Patrol was born.
Dole is famous for establishing the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army during World War II. Many of those who served were responsible for establishing ski areas in the U.S. and growing the sport of skiing in America.
Skiing and Snowboarding Tips
- Get in shape. Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing more if you're physically fit.
- Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent good ski or snowboarding equipment at resorts.
- Take a lesson. Like anything, you'll improve the most when your receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
- Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
- Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
- Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underware (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
- Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, as 60 percent of heat loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
- Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days!
- Always wear eye protection. Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.
- When buying skiwear, look for fabrics that are water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin, and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing products.
- Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all, have fun!
Skiers and Riders Checklist
- Equipment (excluding board, boots, skis, and poles)
- Lip Balm
- Ski or Snowboard lock
- Bag to carry clothing, boots, and extra equipment
- Long Underwear
- Ski Pants or Bib Pants (No Jeans!)
- Outer Layer Jacket (Preferably waterproof/breathable shell)
- Gloves or Mittens
- Neck Gaiter
- Sweater or fleece
- Socks or Sock Liner (one thin to medium pair)
- Vest (for insulation)
- Face Mask
- Warm ups for after skiing or riding
- Hat or Headband
- Report Last Updated:
- 01/25/16 @ 3:07pm
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