This is a night I will never forget.
As a Canadian Ski Patroller, there are moments that stick with you. This is one of those times.
Picture it. 1971. If you think back to the early ‘70s, it was a time before smartphones, cable TV or even those old box answering machines with a cassette tape. In those days, instant communication was a long way off.
Two of my fellow patrollers and I had tucked in for the night after a long day on the slopes safeguarding skiers both young and old. We were fast asleep when we were awoken at 3:00 AM by the site maintenance worker.
Tragedy had struck and help was needed.
On a road nearby, a family of four had slid off the road into a ditch and were trapped in their car. I remember it was a Volvo.
As Canadian Ski Patrollers, we were asked to help. We drove out the 10 miles to the family. We brought supplies and blankets.
Breaking the windows was necessary to rescue the family. I will never forget the 2 adults and 2 children. After helping them out of the car and stabilizing them, we realized the –15 weather helped to stave off what could have been life-threatening bleeding for the family members.
I remember we went to a local truck stop to wash the blood off our hands. The blood was our own blood from when we broke the car windows to rescue the family.
Even though it was so long ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.
I realized right then that we were weren’t just taking care of people on the hills.
Our care was both on and off the slopes. When the police and paramedics arrived later, they thanked us for saving the family in what could have been a terrible outcome.
You are part of this story too.
You are the reason we have been able to care for people ‘on the hill’ and ‘off the hill’ for over 78 years at the Canadian Ski Patrol.
Today, there are over 4,500 Canadian Ski Patrollers across this country who help so many.
Our patrollers are silent guardians and community heroes who are grateful for the opportunity to be of service to others in times of need.
Will your family need the Canadian Ski Patrol someday?
Whether it is 1971 or 2019 or 2020, the Canadian Ski Patrol will be there. On the ski hills and at your local marathon or festival and if tragedy strikes.
I remembers those days in the 70’s fondly. The morning after saving the family, we still patrolled the slopes, doing what we loved.
I am a donor to the Canadian Ski Patrol. Will you join me in giving a gift that will help with training and supplies?
We both know, new generations of volunteers are needed to keep our slopes, and our communities safe in times of crisis.
Your support of the Canadian Ski Patrol with your gifts is crucial. You ensure volunteers receive the full training that makes our slopes and communities safer for all of us.
Bill Lutz, Retired Canadian Ski Patroller
PS: Your gift will help to save a life.