Ski Patrol: Heroes of the Slopes!

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Title Utah Ski Archives Newsletter: 1996 (Autumn), no. 9
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject Skis and Skiing--Periodicals; Skiing--Utah--History
Description The Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives is one of the most comprehensive collections in the entire country for research into the history and development of Utah's prospering winter sports industry. The archives document the history of ski competition on local, national, and international levels; the founding of major resorts; snow safety and avalanche control; ski equipment; ski instruction; freestyle skiing; the 10th Mountain Division; back-country skiing; and virtually every facet of winter sports in Utah and the surrounding region. The archives are the repository for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics Games Bid Committee records and the records of the 2002 games themselves.
Table of Contents Quinney Award: It's Miller Time!; The Sue Raemer Award; Lou Lorenz Inducted Into Ski Instructors' Hall of Fame; Ski Patrol: Heroes of the Slopes!; Don't Let Skiing's Past Fade Away!
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Date 1996-10
Type Image
Format application/pdf
Identifier autumn_1996_no9.xml
Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Is Part of Ski Archive
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Autumn, 1996
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1996, No. 9
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks; Chris Anderson
ARK ark:/87278/s6tb166z
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2002-01-08
Date Modified 2015-12-11
ID 190219
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tb166z

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Title Ski Patrol: Heroes of the Slopes!
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Description As we congregate to congrat- ulate ski patrollers of the Intermountain area, we contemplate nearly 60 years of the on-mountain heroics of those who were pioneers of the ski patrol movement. Although men and women of today's patrols also perform heroic acts, conditions were different then. Lift- or tow-assisted recreational skiing was new-brand new. There was loads of fun to be had for the skiing public, but along with the fun came mishap and injury. Safety techniques, methods and equipment were yet to be developed. Most of the equipment was of the homemade or self-modified variety. Jim Shane, an early Alta patrolman, helped develop a toboggan requiring a rear brakeman that was well accepted and widely used for evacuating injured skiers from the mountain. Ray Nye, one of only a handful of Utah patrolmen with a National Ski Patrol number lower than 1,000, recalled some pre-Shane sleds. "It was just starting out [in the late `30~1. All of our toboggans were Jim Shane and Harold Goodro on Patrol in the 1940's Ski Patrol: Heroes of the Slopes! by Joe Arave recreational toboggans. We would have two back ropes tied on the back, a lead rope on the front and canvas covering the first aid stuff." Most of the patrollers in the early days were local volunteers anxious to promote skiing, and who understood the need to develop a program for skiing safety. From the beginning, however, ski patrol was a national movement. Founded in 1938 by Charles Minot (Minnie) Dole, the National Ski Patrol System sought to organize and standardize the efforts of local patrol members. Many in the Intermountain region joined up. By 1941, the National Ski Patrol reported that nearly 5,000 accident victims had been cared for by patrolmen-patrolmen who were on the scene with reassurance and first-aid training. Certainly a heroic effort. Locally, there were patrolmembers who were part of the Salt lake Metropolitan Patrol, a group affiliated with the National Ski Patrol System. help others. Sverre Engen, an early placed life and limb in jeopardy to Alta patrolman and the Wasatch Front's first snow ranger, was known for many heroic acts, including the saving of several lives. In 1947, Sverre received the silver merit star for "the high caliber of interest and actions in upholding the highest traditions of the National Ski Patrol System." Although many of the duties seemed routine, patrolmembers Whether it's a skier who needs guidance, a word of encour- agement, a helping hand, or quick transport off the mountain, the ski patrol is there to oblige. While many of us have been told by the patrol to slow down, few of us have had the misfortune of riding off the mountain in a ski patrol toboggan- but we all benefit from their vigi- lance each time we ski. They find the lost, bandage the broken, and comfort the injured and frightened. For those who pioneered the way, the University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives wishes to give thanks and honor to the heroes of the slopes at the 1996 Ski Affair.
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Format application/pdf
Identifier arave.jpg
Source Accn 1086
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Autumn, 1996
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1996, No. 9; Page 5
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2005-03-16
Date Modified 2005-03-16
ID 190154
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tb166z/190154