Helping guests at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort on the Gogebic Range in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
The Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) program provides Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol members with on snow training for skiing, riding, and toboggan handling skills. Training is scheduled during the ski season depending on snow conditions.
Patrollers will be trained in techniques to safely transport injured guests. Successful completion requires competency in skiing and a toboggan handing practical examination. This training must be refreshed by all patrollers every year IN classes scheduled during the ski season.
At the candidate level, this training begins as soon as there is snow on the hill and runs throughout the ski season. We begin with basic ski/snowboard skills, introduce some skills unique to patrolling and then progress on to toboggan handling, such as delivering empty rescue toboggans to an accident scene and transporting injured patients down the hill. There is a lot to learn. And it’s a lot of fun!