Giving Back to the Community with Ski Patrol

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Crabbe Mountain Ski Patrol will be hosting two separate info sessions for anyone interested in joining the team.

Jules Maitland
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Fall is just around the corner, and while winter might still seem a long way off, the Crabbe Mountain Ski Patrol are already preparing for the 2016/2017 season. The Canadian Ski Patrol has been providing first responder services to Crabbe Mountain for over 40 years: to skiers, snowboarders, and Thirsty Boot enthusiasts alike.

For people who love the snow as much as they do any of their friends and family, being a member of the ski patrol means that they have an instant network of likeminded ski buddies to share rides to the hill and laughs on the slope.

A typical day on the hill starts with a routine check of the first aid equipment before inspecting and opening each of the trails to the public (first tracks). You then pair up with another patroller and spend the majority of the day skiing/snowboarding, addressing any safety issues that arise, and providing first aid at any incidents that occur. At the end of the day, the team comb the hill to make sure each skier and snowboarder has made it safely off the hill and on their way home (or at least to the Thirsty Boot).

For people who want to give back to the community, being a member of ski patrol means that they are in a position to provide first aid and rescue services on and off the ski hill.

Over recent years, the Crabbe Mountain Ski Patrol have extended their support to broader community events year round. Chances are, some of the “Quick, Strong, and Good Looking”™ gals and guys in red have been providing services at an event you have attended. Some of their favourite off-hill events include providing season-long support to STU Rugby and CCR Roller Derby; supporting a little musical festival you may have heard of called Harvest; and one-off mega-events such as the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.

If any of the above sounds like fun to you, the Ski Patrol would love to meet you!

This Thursday (September 8th) the patrol will be hosting the first of two information sessions for people who are interested in finding out more about opportunities to join the team as an on or off snow first responder. No experience is required, all training will be provided.

If you are interested, please head along to one of the sessions being held at Marshall D’Avery Hall at 7 p.m. on September 8th and 13th, or contact

Crabbe Mountain Ski Patrol Info Session 1 | September 8, 2016 | Marshall D’Avery Hall | 7 p.m. | View Event 

Crabbe Mountain Ski Patrol Info Session 2 | September 13, 2016 | Marshall D’Avery Hall | 7 p.m. | View Event



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