Report from No-snow Glenshee – Kate Hunter

Started this season all enthusiastic, had a good training day for patrol including a demo of the Imoos chairlift evacuation system by the Glencoe boys. Also, did a training day for lift staff and felt well prepared for a bumper season! But now as I type, I have stopped looking for snow and have given […]

BASP announces a collaboration with Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland (SARDA)

The Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland, or SARDA is a volunteer organisation which trains dogs and their handlers to search for missing persons. They are used by Police and Mountain Rescue to locate missing people in the mountains or low ground areas, including children and people with dementia. They have handlers who are experienced […]

Looking After the Rescuers

Article by Jeff Starkey, Chief Ski Patroller from Nevis Range. On the face of it we patrollers have a dream job, “best job on the mountain”, but the reality can be somewhat different. During the winter of the 2012/13 season 3 patrollers were involved in an avalanche incident. Whilst all involved seemingly walked away unscathed […]

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 […]