Matthew DaRin – Skaneateles Ski Patrol Director
Members of the Skaneateles Ski Club:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Skaneateles Ski Patrol membership. I joined the National Ski Patrol in 2000, and have been an active member of the Labrador Mountain Ski Patrol ever since. This past fall the Skaneateles Ski Club Board of Directors approached me and asked if I would be willing to assume the director position for the Skaneateles Ski Patrol, which I’ve accepted with great enthusiasm and appreciation. I live in Marcellus with my wife Jennifer and our two young children. We love the Skaneateles and Marcellus communities and are very happy to be a part of this wonderful organization. I am very pleased to announce that Jack McNeil, Hattie Beck-Anderson, and Peter Tigh will also be participating with the Skaneateles Ski Patrol throughout the season. I am sure many of you know and love these wonderful individuals from previous years at the hill, or from in and around the community – and if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them you will soon.
The Skaneateles Ski Patrol is has been affiliated with the National Ski Patrol (NSP) since the 1950s. The NSP is a non-profit educational and safety organization which adheres to a creed of “Service and Safety” established more than 70 years ago. As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the NSP is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. The organization is made up of more than 28,000 members serving over 650 patrols, including alpine, Nordic, and auxiliary patrollers. As NSP members, we work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall experience for outdoor recreationalists.
The Skaneateles Ski Patrol members are working to make improvements to the organization and structure of the patrol and all activities related to serving and protecting the Skaneateles Ski Club membership. Part of this process involves the establishment and restructuring of operations necessary throughout each ski season. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we move forward collectively through the upcoming ski seasons.
I want to thank you for this opportunity and remind you that the Skaneateles Ski Patrol serve at the pleasure of the Skaneateles Ski Club and are always open for suggestions on ways we can improve the quality and safety of your skiing experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Matthew P. DaRin
Skaneateles Ski Patrol DirectorNSP Patrol Representative
SKI PATROL TIPS
Your Responsibility Code – Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At areas, you may see people using alpine skis, snowboards, telemark skis, cross country skis, and other specialized equipment, such as that used by the disabled. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below, and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
v Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
v People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
v You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
v Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
v Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
v Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
v Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Helmet Safety – Snow sports helmets have come a long way in recent years. They're often more comfortable, warmer, and more breathable than ski hats, as well as lighter and better fitting than in the past. Helmet usage continues to increase among skiers and snowboarders. The National Ski Areas Association reported that 73 percent of skiers and boarders wore a helmet in the 2013/2014 season, up from 57 percent in 2009/2010, 48 percent in 2008/2009, 43 percent in 2007/2008, and 25 percent in 2002/03. The largest percentage of helmet wearers is children under 9, with 88 percent of children nine or younger wearing helmets, 80 percent of children between 10 and 14 using helmets, and 80 percent of adults over the age of 65 using helmets. Traditionally, the lowest percentage of skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets is between the ages of 18 and 24; for the 2013/2014 season, 62 percent of skiers and riders in that age bracket wore helmets, up from 18 percent in 2002/2003.
A helmet is one additional tool for slope safety, and the National Ski Patrol recommends wearing one while skiing or boarding. However, it's important to remember that helmets have limitations. Studies show that helmets offer considerably less protection for serious head injury to snow riders traveling more than 12-14 mph. Safety and conscientious skiing and riding should be considered the most important factors to injury prevention, while helmets provide a second line of defense. Don't let a helmet give you a false sense of security. When wearing a helmet, ski and snowboard as if you're not.