Volunteer patrollers prove Sun Peaks is in good hands

Team wins patrol competition

Ali Marriott, Joss Advocaat and Heather Savage with their trophy. Photo supplied

Three ski patrollers who volunteer at Sun Peaks will compete on a national level in June after sweeping a B.C. competition this weekend. 

Joss Advocaat, Ali Marriott and Heather Savage formed a team of patrollers to represent the Inter-Mountain Zone of Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP), which includes Sun Peaks, Harper Mountain and Sovereign Lake, at the Pacific South Division Patroller Competition on March 7. 

Savage has been patrolling since 2017 while Advocaat and Marriott are in their first season of volunteering with CSP. 

Teams at the weekend competition, held at Harper Mountain, came from around southern B.C. to vie for a spot in CSP’s national competition, which will be held in Calgary in June. 

Harper Mountain played host to the day-long competition for the Pacific South Division. Photo supplied

Each team was judged on their first aid abilities and toboggan handling. The trios were given up to 25 minutes to complete a patrol scenario which included treatment of angina on one patient and treatment of a femoral artery laceration and hypovolemic shock on another. 

After treating their patients and loading them into a toboggan they were judged on their ability to transport a patient safely and efficiently down a slope with moguls to the bottom of the mountain.

“It was a great experience,” Marriott said. “To get to practise in such a realistic scenario, outside on the mountain in a time-critical setting and getting feedback from such experienced judges has made me a much more confident patroller.”

Advocaat agreed.

“I was proud to showcase the talent we have in the Inter-Mountain Zone,” he said. “I had the best teammates as well, each with a great skill set. I’m really looking forward to representing our division at the national competition.”

The team of Sun Peaks patrollers earned first place in both first aid and on-snow (toboggan handling) categories and won overall champions. 

Now they will begin training for June’s competition which will test their first aid skills against other top CSP patrollers from around the country.