Safety First So Good Times Last
Granite Peak is committed to your safety. Ski Patrol is located in the wooded area uphill and to the right or west of the Comet lift.
How to Get Help
If you or a member of your group needs assistance on the hill, Ski Patrol comes to you.
1. Have someone go to the nearest lift operator and report the incident.
2. Give the trail name and where the person is located (top, middle, bottom, on or off trail).
3. Number of people involved.
This information is radioed to the Ski Patrol who will respond to that location. Persons are transported to the Ski Patrol Building. If children are skiing by themselves, please have a plan in place for them to be able to contact you.
Mountain Safety Tips
- Wear a helmet. Helmets have been proven to reduce or prevent head injuries.
- Wrist Guards for Snowboarders
- Take a lesson.
- Carry a ski area map.
- Carry a small first aid kit. Carry any needed medications such as an inhaler or insulin or snack.
- Maintain your equipment. Keep the bindings clean and functioning.
- Wear proper clothes. Cotton jeans and Hoodies are not good ideas. They absorb water and turn into refrigerants. Nothing zaps your day like being cold. Protect your eyes with goggles. You lose most of your body heat through your head. Put on a hat or better yet a helmet.
- At large ski areas or in wooded area don't go alone. If you are injured it will be hard to find you.
- Avoid listening to music on a headset. You need your ears to hear the people around you. Or hear a snowmobile coming up the hill.
- Stay sober. Don't smoke dope, or drink while skiing.
Obey the RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people and objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and let the people moving go first.
- Always wear safety devices on your ski and boards to prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs, fences and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and the ability to load, ride and unload safely
Today's patrol is made up of 130 volunteers. Last year they provided 17,000 hour of service to Granite Peak. In 2006, they received an award recognizing them as the best large alpine patrol in the Central Division of National Ski Patrol.
If interested in supporting the snow sport community through ski patrol, come into the lower patrol building at Granite Peak. We'll put your name and phone number on a candidate list. In March, we have try-outs for interested candidates. If you're selected, you start training the following season by taking the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) class. This 80-hour class covers first aid and rescue techniques, running August through November. Once the ski area opens, you start toboggan-handling class.
Members are responsible for taking a weekly shift and putting in 100-hours a season. Other costs and responsibilities are connected with becoming a patroller, which is shared with you during an information session. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.