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- Real Life Experiences -

"When people go to the slopes, their intention is to have a good time. As a member of the Ski Patrol I go with the intention of helping people who have been injured. Skiing often times can be a dangerous sport. The Patrol is there to help skiers stay safe. I’ve been a member for 3 years, and it is an important part of my winter.

Being a part of the Patrol is a major commitment for me and I feel it is worth it. I’ve fostered many friendships with people from all walks of life who are as colorful and bright as their red patrol vests. I’ve trained and been exposed to some extreme situations. I’m now able to respond quickly in a crisis with confidence. The Patrol has helped me improve my communication, situational awareness and interpersonal skills. Above this, I have also built upon my technical skills including snowboarding, toboggan handling, rope and knot management, and Outdoor Emergency Care of injured skiers.

My experiences have taught me dedication and strong leadership skills. Patrol has taught me how to appreciate the hard work required to run a mountain. These are experiences I’ll carry with me for life. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to participate."

- Colin Bridge-Konegsberg, 3rd year Student Patroller

Colin BK

- Life After Student Patrol -

"I joined the Student Patrol Program when I was a sophomore in high school. The program spans three years, culminating with me becoming a National Ski Patrol member. I am currently a sophomore at University of Maine at Farmington; every winter I return to my home mountain to volunteer and maintain my NSP certification.

The program helped me in many aspects of my life. The confidence I gained through working hard in the program made my transition from high school to college seamless. Throughout my training I was challenged in many different ways. While I was a bit intimidated at first, having to work with strangers as colleagues and as patients. I soon grew more comfortable and developed strong people skills which helped me when I arrived at college, not knowing a soul.

I discovered a new interest and possible career path in the medical field while I was becoming certified in Outdoor Emergency Care, First Aid and CPR. I plan to continue pursuing EMT training as a result of my experience in working with patients.

Looking back, the Student Patrol Program enhanced my high school experience in various ways. Participating in the program took a lot of hard work and dedication, however, as a result, I became a better skier and I learned the logistics of ski mountains. I have met many people through this experience; many of my mentors in the program are now my friends, not to mention the friends I made along the way."

- Audrey Boyd, Shawnee Peak Patrol


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