Ski patrol is always there to help
Cannon Mountain Ski Patrol members Tyler Gaudet and Brian Delahanty on patrol. Delahanty, a Manchester firefighter, has been a ski patroller for 34 years. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS)
They give unselfishly of their time to help ensure safety and care for injured skiers.
Roughly 80 percent of ski patrollers are volunteers. Professional certifications are required, along with yearly refresher courses. The National Ski Patrol offers its members clinics to improve their skiing, snowboarding, Nordic or telemark skills.
"It's good to be around people who are like-minded and have similar training," he said, "who like to be outdoors in winter and like helping people".
Cannon is a challenging mountain. But Delahanty, an advanced skier, is ready for it.
Ski patrollers provide medical assistance on the mountain and transport the injured to the first-aid center or, when necessary, a medical facility.
Still, there are novice skiers who are able to assist.
"I would love to see more young people getting involved with patrol," she said. "A few years ago, NSP said the average age was 50 ... It's hard work, but good work."
Slopeside runs every Friday during the ski season. Kathleen Humphreys can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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