Ski Patrol Shack

February 20, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Near the top Blackcomb Mountain at the Whister - Blackcomb ski resort lies a building that the Ski Patrol uses.  I'm not exactly what for, but I imagine it is a combination of rest, administration and command and control.  Other than that, not sure.  I wanted to get a shot of it because of the style of building it is - log cabin looking - and because of how the snow looked on it.  I also wanted to shoot it because right in the foreground of the shot is the sled that the ski patrol uses to transport injured skiers down the mountain when a snowmobile won't do.  For those of you who aren't skiers, the Ski Patrol basically makes sure everyone on the mountain skis safely and help those who get hurt.  They're sort of like the lifeguards of the slopes.  They are all great skiers and good at what they do.



Also, I rode up a chairlift with a member of the ski patrol while I was there and we struck up a conversation about photography.  Turns out, the guy I was riding up with was a videographer who did a lot of the training videos for the ski patrol there at Whistler.  He said if I wanted, I could go down with them during the sweep of the mountain at the end of the day and take any kind of sunset photos I wanted.  (The sweep is when they close the mountain down for the day and make sure all skiers are down off the mountain.)  I thought that would've been awesome, but I had enough shots by then and besides, by the time they do the sweeps, I'm pretty beat from a full day of skiing.  So, if any of you ever make it out there, get with the ski patrol and see if you can go down during a sweep.  The ski patrol member who told me this said they kind of even encourage it because it's more publicity for them.  Pretty cool I must say!

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