Vail ski patrol try outs are Saturday |

Vail ski patrol try outs are Saturday

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Ski Patrol’s annual ski try outs will begin on Saturday and continue on Wednesday and March 27 on Colorado’s Vail Mountain.

Strong alpine and telemark skiers are invited to participate in the ski test to gauge their ability in a variety of terrain. Vail Ski Patrol members will evaluate the skiers.

“With 5,289 skiable acres to patrol, each day of the season brings something new and exciting for Vail Ski Patrol,” said Julie Rust, director, Vail Ski Patrol, Yellow Jackets and Community Guest Service.

Interested skiers are encouraged to sign up in advance with Vail Ski Patrol either by visiting Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (Chair 4) or by calling 970-479-4610. On the test days, skiers should meet at the lower patrol room at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village at 8 a.m. ready to ski.

The tests will take place from approximately 9-11 a.m. and applicants will be evaluated individually on three to four ski runs.

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Those who pass the ski test will attend the three-day Vail Ski Patrol Academy, which will take place March 28-30. The academ includes a general mountain operations overview, first aid, avalanche mitigation, lift evacuations and running toboggans. Participants must attend all three days to be considered for the 2009-2010 Vail Ski Patrol team.

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