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Old 02-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It sounds like a great time, I don't have the discipline I think for the EMT stuff but maybe I'm just selling myself short or don't care. I dig the mystique of the ski patroller thing those guys are out there doing God's work.
It certainly took a lot of the mystique away just being able to ride around with them and shoot the shit. The group we were with was all volunteers, so they're all day jobbers that get out on the weekends to patrol. I got the impression from them that it wasn't so much about the free riding, but about the social aspect for most of them.

At this point I'm likely going to try to get in somewhere next year. The big question for me is Nakiska vs. Lake Louise.

Oh yeah, so during the boarding "test" I popped off a lip and did a little grab. It was good for bonus points!
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Sounds great!

Since snowboarders have been becoming Ski Patrol members, they seriously need to change the name to "Snow Patrol".

Equality doesn't care if they're mostly skiers.
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Unless... you don't like beer and nachos?!?
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At this point I'm likely going to try to get in somewhere next year. The big question for me is Nakiska vs. Lake Louise.
Not to sound condescending, But I dont see any logic to this decision? We only get one winter per year and to have to spend all of your weekends locked down to one resort. Sure you get to do runs, but are they the runs you want to do? Or are you constantly sweeping the hill looking for problems/injuries etc...

When there is a good snow day at LL, do you get to ditch on your volunteer responsibilites at Nakiska?

Do you still get to haul ass? or are you stuck riding at a respectacble speed?

To me Snowfboarding represents some sort of unexplainable freedom, why you would want to give that up, for a social scene, beer and nachos doesnt compute for me.
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Not to sound condescending, But I dont see any logic to this decision? We only get one winter per year and to have to spend all of your weekends locked down to one resort. Sure you get to do runs, but are they the runs you want to do? Or are you constantly sweeping the hill looking for problems/injuries etc...

When there is a good snow day at LL, do you get to ditch on your volunteer responsibilites at Nakiska?

Do you still get to haul ass? or are you stuck riding at a respectacble speed?

To me Snowfboarding represents some sort of unexplainable freedom, why you would want to give that up, for a social scene, beer and nachos doesnt compute for me.
Nobody said you have to do it. To say that there is no personal value to be gained from volunteering with ski patrol is a pretty unimaginative view on your part, if I may say so.

Sounds like an adventure to me, maybe not mine but certainly a good one I'd be interested to hear more about.
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You need to learn how to spot a deal! I have a pass already so the day was free for me. Boarded around with a bunch of patrollers and wannabe patrollers, got free beer and nachos at the end, and got the info I needed to make a decision about being a patroller next year!

Unless... you don't like beer and nachos?!?
One thing I've learned this year from being a lifty is that the ski patrol shacks are never without good eats and drinks.
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Not to sound condescending, But I dont see any logic to this decision? We only get one winter per year and to have to spend all of your weekends locked down to one resort. Sure you get to do runs, but are they the runs you want to do? Or are you constantly sweeping the hill looking for problems/injuries etc...

When there is a good snow day at LL, do you get to ditch on your volunteer responsibilites at Nakiska?

Do you still get to haul ass? or are you stuck riding at a respectacble speed?

To me Snowfboarding represents some sort of unexplainable freedom, why you would want to give that up, for a social scene, beer and nachos doesnt compute for me.
Yeah, valid questions, and because I didn't know the answer to those I didn't volunteer last year.

#1, you have to commit to 3 weekend days per month. The schedule is usually made 1-2 weeks in advance. So I can still do trips to Fernie, somewhere warm, etc. There's also nothing that says you can't frontload the month or swap shifts with people.

#2 In the morning you're the first one on the hill, and you "sweep" runs to make sure they're ready for the public. In the afternoon you sweep at the end of the day prior to closing. Otherwise you just generally hang out. You don't have to do a set number of runs, or certain runs, etc. They just want you to have the ability to quickly get to any part of the hill (which is why they want people all over)

#3, this is a big one for me. You still ride however you want to ride, as long as you're following the alpine code. I probably got about 10' of vertical air during my "test" and they said it was good cause it demonstrated comfort with the terrain. Nobody says you have to be grandma going down the hill. In fact most patrollers haul ass pretty well!

#4 The social aspect is interesting, but there are other benefits that are the real draws for me. There is a system that credits you to get lift tickets, season passes, etc. And considering Nakiska is an RCR resort, an RCR pass would mean I could board in Fernie and Kicking Horse for free. That is a real benefit. You can also join the avalanche control team at some resorts, and be the first group to go and hit terrain before it's open to the public! Unless you don't like fresh powder? ANOTHER HERETIC!

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Nobody said you have to do it. To say that there is no personal value to be gained from volunteering with ski patrol is a pretty unimaginative view on your part, if I may say so.

Sounds like an adventure to me, maybe not mine but certainly a good one I'd be interested to hear more about.
Yeah exactly, I think it's a certain kind of person that wants to do it. I've been boarding for 21 years now, and although I'm certainly not bored of it (quite the opposite in fact!) I'm looking for new ways to entertain myself on the hill. I've also found some of my favourite runs by following patrollers, so there's something to be said for being part of a group that knows the hill intimately!

The lure of free seasons passes, jumping the line, and getting to ride snow before anyone else are the biggest draws for me. The social aspect comes a close second (or 4th, depending on who's counting!)...

Anyway, to each their own. I'll probably start a new thread if I decide to join in the fall.
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Unless you don't like fresh powder? ANOTHER HERETIC!
Cant stand it, makes we wanna puke! In fact I spent all day saturday throwin up for this very reason.

I think there is personal value to be gained in any volunteering, its all a learing experience.

Hijack- Snowklinger, I read in a previous post that your a sushi make. As someone who works in the Japanese Food Ind, I am curious to what wasabi brand you use?
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Well no point in starting a new thread:

I'm all signed up for the course and going to be joining up this year! There are some really good benefits, and I'm looking forward to a bit of a scenery change this year.

Even if it's something I only do for a couple years (doubt it) I think it'll be really fun to see things from "the other side" for a bit.
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Well no point in starting a new thread:

I'm all signed up for the course and going to be joining up this year! There are some really good benefits, and I'm looking forward to a bit of a scenery change this year.

Even if it's something I only do for a couple years (doubt it) I think it'll be really fun to see things from "the other side" for a bit.
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