|Buckling in at the top of the hill|
|Part of the exposed glacier|
We finished the skills portion before lunch then headed into the crowed lodge for roasted chicken and fries. After lunch we had some free-ride time and the clouds cleared so you could see down into the green valleys below. At the end of the day only three of the candidates (including myself) passed and the two remaining candidates were encouraged to take lessons.
While the candidates were out on the slopes testing their skills the rest of the ski patrollers were undergoing refresher training. Once certified as a patroller, members of the Ski Patrol are required to pass a test on a third of the Outdoor Emergency Care curriculum each year. The trainers arranged a series of stations that tested skills such as administering oxygen through a rebreather mask, applying traction to a femur, and immobilizing a spine on a backboard.
That night in a hotel the Division Directors handed out service awards, training awards, and awards for the best patroller and candidate from the previous year.
|Start of Day 2|
|Broken toe strap|
|End of the Weekend|