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Celebrating 75 Years Of Ski Patrol Service


Granite Peak ski resort is a very popular destination throughout the Midwest, but it wouldn't be the same without 75 years worth of help from the ski patrol.

Jim Dewerd has been with the Granite Peak Ski Patrol for 42 years. He said the experience is always fun.

"The best part of being here is being with your friends and training and helping people," he said. "We all enjoy skiing and I think that's one of the reasons we're here, but I think we enjoy taking care of the people, "

The more than 100 patrollers at Granite Peak have been taking care of people since 1938.

"They saw a need for ski patrol to help injured people off the ski hill," said Patrol Representative Granite Peak Ski Patrol, Joe Conrad. "Granite Peak was one of the first ski patrols that joined the national ski patrol."

This job, however sometimes that requires stopping shenanigans.

"We get the reputation sometimes of being policemen on the job, but that's really a pretty minor part of what we do," said Dewerd.

Patrollers main job is to help get injured skiers and snowboarders down to easier terrain.

"When we didn't have the nice groomed surfaces, we would see a lot of ankle and lower leg injuries," said Conrad "Now with the consistent conditions we have and with technology and ski equipment, it's changed a little bit.."

Patrollers put in an average of 200 to 500 hours each year, and it's all volunteer.

"We have young and old patrollers alike and from all walks of life and we all train the same and when we get out here and we put on this jacket and we're all the same," said Dewerd.

If you want to join the ski patrol... You can get on the candidate list at the patrol office. A ski and ride try out information session will take place in march. Chosen candidates will start training in the fall.


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