The Invaluable Safety Strap for Ski Patrollers
Ski Patrollers Need Gear That Makes Their Tasks Easiers
Wendy Hazard McClain has worked as a ski patroller for more than a dozen years at Palisades Olympic Valley Ski Resort, Tahoe, Calif. During hill set up in early December 2022, she was with working with a group of patrollers. They were setting up closure lines, bundling and setting signs and bamboo and generally hauling gear around the mountain. Every one of them had a Titan Strap safety strap in their jacket pockets.
“They’re invaluable for ski patrollers," she explains. "We use them constantly for safety and set up on the hill. But we also use them for carrying our own gear and guest gear. They’re easy. They fit in a pocket in your vest or outside of your vest. Or you can wrap them around a pole. You can MacGyver any situation with a Titan Strap.” Plus, she loves the fact that you can easily use them with gloved hands when it’s cold.
Ways To Use Safety Straps for Ski Patrollers on the Slopes
- 9" to 14” Utility Straps: If wearing your rescue equipment on the outside of your vest, attach a probe to a shovel or that gear to your vest.
- 20" Industrial Straps: Attach a tunnel bag, poles, skis and other gear to a ski rack on a snowmobile.
- 25” Industrial Straps: Secure bamboo together to carry it when establishing closure lines on the mountain.
- 30” to 36” Industrial Straps: Lash signs together to carry or put on a sled, and lash that bundle to the sled.
- Industrial Variety Pack: When carrying a guest down the mountain, a full spectrum of safety strap sizes can come in handy when you're trying to organize and keep track of their gear. Or use them for backcountry first aid fixes. Secure a makeshift splint to a person or a person to a sled, strap down emergency blankets. Or, in a pinch, use them to make a tourniquet.