Vail Ski Patrol is taking its considerable talents off the mountain. Vail Resorts photo.
More than twenty furloughed members of Vail Ski Patrol are in training to assist their local emergency medical services in the face of an expected surge of COVID-19 cases, according to Colorado Public Radio. While the region's ambulances are currently responding to less than half of their normal calls, according to CPR's interview with the chief executive of Eagle County Paramedic Services, healthcare providers are preparing for an influx of patients with respiratory issues related to the virus.
Once finished with training, ECPS expects to deploy the patrollers alongside regular staff in ambulances, potentially allowing the organization to activate six reserve vehicles. With healthcare personnel facing frequent exposure to the virus, the added staff is an important part of ECPS' preemptive contingency plan to keep the service running.
We'd like to offer a big "Thank you" to the Vail Ski Patrollers, healthcare providers, and to everyone else rising to the many challenges raised by this global pandemic.
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Checking out the slide's 6-foot crown. Doug McCabe/Gallatin Nat'l Forest Avalanche Center photo. On May 19th, 2020, a large wet slab naturally released on the northeastern aspect of Montana's Yellowstone Club. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center sent personnel to investigate the slide, and determined that the slide was triggered by a cornice fall. Crown-town, USA. H. Dougherty photo. The slab's crown depth ranged between four and nine feet over an 1800-foot width.
After closing lifts and mountain access on March 14 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Washington’s Crystal Mountain will re-open skiing and snowboarding on June 1. Following models first used at spring ski destinations like Oregon’s Timberline and Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, Crystal will use a reservation system to limit the number of guests on the mountain at the same time. Season passholders and Ikon Pass holders will not be given priority, but will still get to ski for free if they