Mount Joy to train ski patrollers

By Geoff Lee

October 19, 2017 10:08 AM

Mount Joy Snow Resort plans to use some of its $4000 donation from Devon Energy last season to train ski and snowboard instructors as well as volunteers to become certified Canadian Ski Patrollers to start the 2018 season. FILE PHOTO

If you are 18 and older, have a love of the outdoors, a drive to be part of a team and a desire to help others, then contact Dean Peters at Mount Joy Snow Resort as soon as possible.
Peters is the vice-president of the club with a plan to train a core of men and women volunteers with these qualities to become certified Canadian Ski Patrollers.
It would also help to be a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder.
Four people signed up for the 60 hour course at an initial meeting on Oct. 9 at the Legacy Fire Hall with a shout out for others to step forward.
“We’re always looking for more,” said Peters who plans to take the course himself.
“We’d like to get more people registered for it in the next 10 days.”
Three members from the Canadian Ski Patrol were on hand to explain what’s involved in the training.
“Our numbers are not quite what we wanted, but boy we’ve got what looks like a very cooperative group — Canadian Ski Patrol,” said resort president Ray Tatro.
“We are going to have some people from Lloydminster take the training here.”
The course will run Nov. 3-5 and from Nov.17-19 at the fire hall with a mix of online learning and class time.
“We are doing the appeal on our Facebook page and are very anxious to hear from people who would be interested in taking this course,” added Tatro.
“We are definitely looking for more people that would interested in becoming Canadian Ski Patrol and there are some good benefits.”
Free skiing and snowboarding is offered to volunteer patrollers on the “Work to Ride” program.
“It’s pretty intensive training, but you walk away feeling pretty confident that you can help in a situation that may require medical assistance,” said Tatro.
The certified training will give aspiring patrollers the chance to learn about emergency care, avalanche control, lift evacuation, skiing and snowboarding improvements, toboggan handling, and other relevant topics.
Peters said he and another member took some Canadian Ski Patrol classes last year, but the upcoming season will be the first time the resort will operate with fully trained ski patrol members.
He said having qualified patrollers will make the resort better prepared in the even of an incident.
Peters is a Legacy Fire Department captain and employee of the RM of Wilton who volunteers to patrol at Mount Joy as a registered Emergency Medical Responder in Alberta with first aid know-how.
“As long as you had first aid you could be there to assist us, but a lot of people were a little tentative about trying out their first aid skills, so we want to get some more people some more training,” he said.
He said the end goal is to have as many ski patrol members onboard as they can.
“I was there every day of every weekend last winter and I’d like to spread the joy,” said Peters who invited potential ski patrol volunteers to contact him directly at 780 618-5268 for more information.
The ski patrol course will be funded from a pool of $4,000 that Devon Energy donated to the resort last season for training purposes.
“We’re also going to use some of that money for our ski and snowboard instructor program so that we’ll be able to have our Saturday ski and snowboard clubs going again this year,” said Tatro.

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