Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NI Ski Patrol intro day

If you have ever wanted to become a ski patroller, especially if you are based in the North Island, but were never sure how to get into it then your opportunity may have just arisen.
I just received a e-mail from the team at Peak Safety informing me about a clinic being run at Whakapapa for potential Ski Patrol candidates for the 2009 winter.
From Andy Hoyle, the safety services manager at Whakapapa Ski Area -"In the interests of developing a pool of potential candidates for Whakapapa Ski Patrol in 2009, we are running a clinic for people to see what patrolling is about and for us to get to know the people who are interested in patrolling. We don’t know how many new patrollers we need for next year but this clinic is one of the pre-requisites for an application"
"We are running 2 clinics in October, one on the 16th and one on the 17th. The day starts at 11am and will consist of (in no particular order)Ski and board test, Abseil off a cliff (no experience required)Skiing, Toboggans, Simulated accidents, Problem solving exercises, Debrief / Patrol meeting"
I did the MECNZ ski patrol course down in Wanaka in 2003 and are extremely happy I did so. 10 back to back winters later, most of them working as a ski patroller, I would recommend the profession highly!
For more info you can e-mail Andy- ahoyle@mtruapehu.com

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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