They are at every ski area but most of us will do our best to avoid seeing them. We are talking about the ski patrol and whether your double black diamond skills are not what they once were or when the soft powder moguls turn into a bone breaker, the ski patrol is equipped to rescue us where others can’t.
One of the highest construction projects in the world is taking place in Bannock County. A new ski patrol shelter is being built near Pebble Creek’s highest point. Fortunately there is a lift to transport supplies and the small army of workers who are donating their time to make this happen.
That’s the reality for the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol who needs the generosity of others to maintain their operations.
“We have to rely on fundraising activities,” said Roy Miller, Ski Patrol. “The Wildflower Festival, the Oktoberfest fest coming up here in a couple of months to raise money to fund our activities because we need to buy the toboggans, backboards, major first aid supplies, the building up on top.”
The new shelter is located next to the old building and is much larger. The old building could seat two or three people. The new one will comfortably seat over a dozen.
“With the new building, we’ll be able to stage a number of people on top and be more quickly responsive to accidents,” said Miller.
Three of the four walls are already up and they hope to put windows in next week. The building should be finished in mid-September.
The nonprofit Pebble Creek Ski Patrol has been around since 1965. You can find more information about the services they provide on the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol Website.