Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Brighton Ski Patrol is receiving some major recognition after being named “Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol” by the National Ski Patrol System.
“Not many patrols have been recognized in the Intermountain West, so we were very honored,” Nancy Pitstick of Brighton Patrol said.
The Resort’s patrol beat out 670 other resorts in the United States and Europe. The award criteria looks at Patrick performance over the last four years. It’s a large honor and it comes in a year where heavy snow has kept patrollers busy. A drier pattern over the last five years had the patrol hyper focused on safety.
“In years past there are just more hazards on the mountain. Rock bands, tree stumps, trees, cliffs, things that we have to mark out for our guests here,” Chris Stowe, the snow safety supervisor at Brighton Resort said.
The patrol receives extensive training on how to respond to outdoor emergencies and medical is a big part of any ski patrollers day, but active weather means different types of upkeep for the mountain.
“The signage, taking the tobaggan down, sometimes we put up patrol signs, patrols slow skiing areas, and move our tower pads, we raise and lower those depending on the ski level,” Marc Barlage of the patrol said.
Brighton received this recognition back in 1987 and while the award is a huge accomplishment, patrollers say nothing can top the tight knit relationship they have with one another.
“The patrol is a family and we all take car each other and kids. We have a lot of patrol kids that grow up on the mountain, and they know they can’t mess up on the mountain because all the patrollers are watching,” Nancy Pitstick said.