Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ski Patrol Refresher

My 7th Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol Refresher ended late this afternoon. It was 2 days of management presentations, medical-skills reviews, lectures, and practicals together with a heavy concentration on lift-evacuation skills and practice. Here are some photographic highlights:

Saturday Morning
7:48 a.m., on the Mountain Road, Heading up to the Resort

7:51 a.m.

As they've done for some years, Stowe's Cactus Café hosts Saturday evening classes for the Patrol on Refresher Weekend. We enjoyed transitional beer before heading to class.

Class is in Session at the Cactus!

Sunday Morning

Skis & boots we intend to use this season were to be checked and approved today. All equipment had to be signed in prior to our 8:00 a.m. start. My skis are now certified through May 2010.
7:20 a.m., West Hill Road, with snow visible up on the Mountain

7:27 a.m., on the Mountain Road

2:16 p.m., Trauma Assessment
This exercise mimicked an actual rescue in this same location
at the top of Cardiac Hill behind the Mansfield Base Lodge

3:06 p.m., Airway Management

Oh, and by the way, in his annual state-of-the-resort presentation to the Patrol yesterday morning, SMR's CEO told us that, even with several offers on the table, the sale of the Resort (an AIG asset) is on hold.

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