2016 Autumn REPORT: Nevis Range by Jeff Starkey

Summer as always feels like it really gets going with the arrival of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the beginning of June. Once again this proved to be a great success with British results and podium places, spectator numbers, event organisation and even the weather. The medical team was nearly 100% BASP connected […]

The Italian Job

This year’s FIPS was held in Passo de Tonale in the dolomites, Italy and if I recall correctly there were 16 countries that attended. The days were pretty much split in to lectures and on the slope workshops with different countries presenting subjects surrounding the 4 main areas that FIPS have decided to concentrate on […]

MRS Avalanche Course – Joe Thurgood

Firstly let me begin with who I am. My name is Joe and I am a first year patroller up at Nevis Range, having been up there for a number of years in lift ops I have finally seen the light and come over from the dark side! During the summers I have been an […]

Triplicate Casulaty Form goes 21st Century!

This season brings updated methods of recording and documenting ski injury data using both electronic and paper forms. Dr Mike Langran from Aviemore pioneered a successful triplicate copy injury form, allowing the simple documentation of casualty information including: injury information (suspected injury types and location, examination findings and treatments given) and resort information (incident location, […]

Nevis Range Winter Rigging Course

How vital is this skill to the patroller? In February this year Nevis Range Chief Patroller Jeff Starkey invited me to co-deliver a winter rigging course for a range of experienced Scottish based ski patrollers. The course was 1.5 days, we had 8 patrollers attending. So why bother and how vital is this skill to […]

2016 World Ski Patroller Survey

The World Ski Patroller Survey was started in 2015 to learn more about you, the ski patrollers, that are at the front line of a ski resort, helping people in the hour of need in all conditions. We want to know what issues you have, what gear you use, what you need, what you don’t […]

Glencoe pre-season training weekend

Thanks to the new and decidedly younger intake of Glencoe Ski Patrol (Stewart Houston) for planning and co-ordinating the pre-season training weekend. Colin and Stewart braved the elements and undertook a stock take of kit up the hill and, despite the inclement conditions, brought down all the equipment required for Sunday’s training session. This act of generosity from the Houstons allowed the […]

Nevis Range Winter Update

A few stats…so far: 61 casualties >20k skier days Youngest casualty …ummm 6yrs old (I think) Longest rope stretcher lower…200m Most patrollers in 1 day, 8 ½ >30 updated and new patrol documents 4 lost blankets (Joe donated them to the NHS) and Braveheart open 2 days Heading up the gondola through the cold clag, […]

Glenshee Winter Update 2016

The new chairlift on the Tiger is came along nicely at the start of the season but because we needed a day of flying stuff up on to the steep, things have got a bit behind schedule.   The annual get together for a bit of pre season training and team bonding went ahead on Sunday 13th Dec with […]