Op.I've had several family members on patrol and I'm starting to think it's something I want to do. Their experiences have seemed great overall, but I'd like to get NS's take on it.
If you have been on patrol... Would you do it again? Did you have fun? Were you still allowed to ski park? Any bad accidents?
I realize that Midwest patrol is very different than real mountains, but they all have an important job. Thanks for any advice.
And OP this is a great thing to be a part of don't worry about the money if you are genuinely interested volunteer and learn only good things will come. Patrollers are awesome and they do a lot more skiing for fun than they would ever let on.
Heres a recent story. Last blue bird pow day here in Whistler a week ago I decided to follow a girl on skis and 2 snowboarders down a ridge that led into a bowl instead of using the normal drop in the trail led to I didn't know where I was going. Lots of rocks on the ridge so slow you down so it was slow and sketchy getting down it and I had no fucking idea where to go. LIke a guardian angel (he didn't pass me IDK where the fuck he came from) a ski patroller popped up inbetween me and the 3 I was following. The 3 dropped into somewhere shitty where the pow didn't look great bc I checked out the line where they dropped and was like 'Ill find better and follow the patroller.' The patroller kept going down the ridge. Eventually he dropped in. This is like 60 degree steeps btw serious dank shit. I went down to where patrol dropped and found an even better drop in than patrol. But anyways thanks to that awesome guy who was just shredding on a blue bird day I know the headiest drop in at Blackcomb thats super easy so you can just start crushing turns right away and not focus on the drop which makes a big difference.
And I got no clue where the fuck he came from it was like he popped out of the bowl onto the ridge he didn't pass me on the ridge and its impossible to have come up from the bowl it might have been a mirage or something.
I love patrol always give them daps or a shoutout just like lifties they are there for you and are looking out.