From my perspective of how today went I think Marquette mountain ski patrol
shined. There were many difficulties, runs closed that were supposed to be
opened, a lot of racers, coaches and parents, minimal terrain, the
inability to get people safely off the mountain if they rode chair one and
how to get kids skis and jackets back down to them considering there was no
way off the top of the mountain.
Marquette mountain ski patrol communicated with our guests worked out a
plan with the race officials and then implemented that plan. We set up
safety fencing and ribbons, posted signage regarding lift service chatted
with the racers, parents, and coaches and made them laugh. We had a
patroller at the top of rocket and at Midway and at the A-frame at all
times during the racing from 10:15 until after 3. When the race was done
before I could even get up to Midway from the bottom petrol had opened up
the four-way Logan's run crossover, pulled fences from weasel gulch and
Midway. had everything opened up. We were able to manage two non racer
guest injuries without delay or interruption to the coverage of the racers.
We were able to loan out radios and get them back and get kudos from the
chief of course on how well and on how much patrol help today. MMSP has
always been on the forefront of customer service and skier safety.
Nice work to everyone and that everyone was a lot of patrollers who made
all that possible today.
On Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 19:46 Jim Grundstrom <jimgrundstrom@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Patrollers, the cold is not going to abate, and standing out in the cold
is pretty gruesome, which is what I have heard from you all today.
I have talked with Frank and we would like to make some logical
suggestions to help with the weather.
In the alpine building near the windows Frank is placing a couple of high
back chairs that will allow us to sit in there, watch the hills,
(especially the race hills) and respond very quickly. He is OK with taking
our snowmobile up Cliffs, Rocket, and Snowfield if necessary to safe levels
up on the runs. Good Judgement where safe levels are is up to the driver.
Do not take chances that are too risky.
He agreed that we should move the snowmobile up to near the Alpine
Building also and please re configure the power cord accordingly. In
talking with Frank I explained that it is really not convenient getting to
the sled fast in its current location anyway. We believe that having to
post Patrollers in the Alpine Building is better for all quick access runs
at the moment given the weather. It would be appropriate to create some
type of schedule for patrollers in the Alpine Building and prepared to move
If we see that the race course designs are becoming exceptionally “busy”
for us, we also have permission to have a ready patroller in the Midway
Rocket lift shack too. At least we are on top, and can descend to either
Cliffs or Rocket which should be the race runs for Saturday.
Ww are expecting 150 students from Wisconsin tomorrow also.
BTW, Frank is also working on a legitimate heat source for the A Frame.
That will be another appropriate space to patrol from soon.
We also talked about pushing out any of Contour, Chute, and Contour. Even
if we open the middle portion of Contour, and turn the guests down Ridge
for the near future. This is all well and good, after Tim gets a very
specific grooming plan done tonight. It could be a surprise in the morning
to see what Tim gets accomplished. And we may have to open any terrain
possible in the morning, or close off parts that just do not meet the goals
of safe skiing and riding.
FYI just in case the straight story on the new groomer is it tried to eat
itself in the drive line fluid passages. It is under warranty, and Pinroth
should be here early next week and hopefully have it repaired, flushed and
back in action for the weekend.
This is a season of look, watch, listen and change. Thanks for your
constructive communications and sincere thoughts. Frank is trying just has
hard as we are to make a challenging season a success.