The Mountain

Ski Patrol

How to contact

The Ski Patrol building is located in the wooded area uphill and to the right or west of the Comet lift. Patrol can best serve you at this location. If you need help please make your way to this location. If you or a member of your group needs our assistance on the hill we will come to you. Have someone go to the nearest lift operator and report the incident. You will need to give the trail name. Where the person is, (top, middle or bottom, on or off the trail) 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/riding by themselves, please have a plan in place for them to be able to contact you.

Mountain Safety Tips

  1. Wear a helmet. Helmets have been proven to reduce or prevent head injuries.
  2. Wrist Guards for Snowboarders
  3. Take a lesson.
  4. Carry a ski area map.
  5. Carry a small first aid kit. Carry any needed medications such as an inhaler or insulin or snack.
  6. Maintain your equipment. Keep the bindings clean and functioning.
  7. 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.
  8. At large ski areas or in wooded area don’t ski/ride alone. If you are injured it will be hard to find you.
  9. Don’t ski /ride while listening to music on a headset. You need your ears to hear the people around you. Or hear a snowmobile coming up the hill.
  10. Ski/ride sober. Don’t smoke dope, or drink while skiing
  11. Obey the RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
    • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or 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.

History

National Ski Patrol began in 1938 when Charles (Minot) Dole organized a group of volunteers at Stowe Vermont. This group went on to become National Ski Patrol in which Mr. Dole was its first director. National Ski Patrol is a federally charted, non-profit. Its mission is to provide safety, rescue and first aid education. National Ski Patrol provides the educational material and structure to the individual area patrols.

Gilbert Green and Doug Olsen started Rib Mountain Ski Patrol in 1939. The patrol has grown and changed along with Rib Mountain. In 2000, Charles Skinner Jr. purchased the ski area and changed the name to Granite Peak. The Rib Mt. Ski Patrol changed its name to Granite Peak Ski Patrol.

The present 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.

How to Join

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 a ski/ride try out and information session for interested candidates.  If you are selected you will start training the following fall.

You will be required to take the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) class. This 80-hour class covers first aid and rescue techniques. It begins in August and ends in November. Once the ski area is open you will start toboggan-handling class.

As a member you will be responsible for taking a weekly shift and putting in 100 hour a season.

There are other cost and responsibilities connected with becoming a patroller and this will be shared with you during the information session.

Benefits, camaraderie and the satisfaction in helping the snow sport community.