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Letter: Vail Junior Ski Patrol Program starts soon; do you have what it takes?

To the editor: Both my mother and father served on the Vail Mountain Ski Patrol — in fact, my mom still does. When I was growing up here in the Vail Valley, I looked up to all of Patrol as my heroes. I am so proud that I have been able to make patrolling my career — and especially at the mountain where I learned to ski.

And I’m so excited that Vail Mountain is launching this year the Helly Hansen Vail Junior Ski Patrol Program. It’s open to all Eagle County students, grades eight to 10, to apply. Just 24 applicants will be selected to spend four Sundays with us learning mountain safety; the duties and responsibilities of ski patrol; CPR and first aid; patrol tour of outposts; end-of-day sweeps; avalanche awareness; gates and closures awareness; toboggan training; and non-medical training.

This program is free — all you need is your Epic Pass. You must be a Level 7 skier (sorry, no snowboarders). The application process requires a short video essay to show us your skiing ability and tell us a bit why you’d like to be in the program. Email the video and any questions to kwilliams@vailresorts.com by Jan. 1. Program dates are Jan. 21 (for ski testing); Jan. 28 and Feb. 5, 11 and 25.

We are so excited to share our ski patrol world with you. It is all about passion for our mountain, skiing and sharing this awesome experience with everyone who skis Vail Mountain. There is a certain responsibility to make sure that everyone knows the rules of the road so we can all have fun safely. This is so cool; I wish this program had been available to me when I was growing up here! We cannot wait to have you on the team!

Lizzie Seibert

Vail Mountain Ski Patrol