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So it begins - First patrol Job

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First rescue - didn't expect ne this early, was half expecting to do none, 2020 they did 2 and 4 in 2019!

Just as I start taking down the signage and fencing at 4.15pm (we close at 4.30 as it's dark at 5).

12 year old snowboarder, very simple damaged (probably broken) wrist. Se was quite calm and would instantly stop sobbing when answering questions...had to keep talking. Massive vacuum spling thingy on her arm. Loaded her onto the rescue sledge and off down the hill.
She was happy to walk to mum's car. Mum was fine about everything...grandma less so.

Finished taking down signs in the dark!

Don't have any photos.....so here is yesterday's first light from the top saftey bar

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@Idris, early drama! Well done - sounds like you handled it in your stride.

Keep the updates coming!
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Indeed, keep it coming!
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this could quickly become the best topic of the year
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Idris, Thanks for post, keep up the good work - both on the job and forum posting Madeye-Smiley
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A few days ago, instead of working with Pascal my usual boss (he was at dentist). I got to work with Pierre, he is a retired municipal snowplough/excavator driver.



He lives a few 100m from the main lift, which his grandfather installed. He himself installad the longer flatter lift in 1981.

At the end of the day one of the saftey/derail detection pullies threw a bearing and started screaming. Once everyone had gone home we went to replace it.



Its the small rubber wheel on the end of the arm, usually running on the cable, we have it in the service position.
Working with Pierre, being old school and no nonsense, we just climbed the 8-10 m pylon in ski (touring) boots with no saftey gear (didn't even have my normal ski helmet) and changed the offending pully.



It's a 2 man job and Pierre was up the pylon as fast as me, in fact, when we needed different sized spanners he went down to fetch. But as he sat astride the main pully to get one side of the mounting bolt, I had to hang out and one handed get the other side. I eventually ended up with a leg round the saftey rail (me on the outside of it) and both hands on the spanner.



An intersting view of the sunset.


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@Idris, I feel a book coming on ... this is too good!
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Great updates @Idris,
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Great shot
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Enjoying these updates so much!
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A great read. Didn't know where it was, so had to search on Google maps. Also had a look on Outdoor Active and managed to find it OK. Although quite surprised that it was a tiny resort compared to even La Praz de Lys/Sommand on the other side of the valley. 1 black, 2/3 reds and a blue.

@Idris what do they charge for the day there?

BTW Lunch was just my sort of lunch!
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@DixieDean, €12
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A steal then. Though I'm not sure why someone would ski there as opposed La Praz, Les Gets, Les Carroz or Morillon. Much larger areas and not that far away.
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Bigger isn't always better!
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"Who installed the lift....Doppelmayer....Leitner?"
"No, it was Pascal"

Oh yeah, people work hard behind the scenes so we can ski. Thanks to you and all of them. Especially the Pascals.
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@DixieDean, for loads of locals it doesn't really matter where you ski, tourists want to explore and ski something different all of the time. For a local even if it is a huge area you would quickly know it all so size is irrelevant it's all about the sliding.
I also met couple of Canadian guys at Weardale, they were touring Europe visiting a different small area every day (don't know how they managed to arrive at Weardale on a day we had snow there).
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Chris_n wrote:
I also met couple of Canadian guys at Weardale, they were touring Europe visiting a different small area every day (don't know how they managed to arrive at Weardale on a day we had snow there).


Possibly from another thread on this forum??

[b]@Idris
, Loving this thread. keep up the good work.
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
"Who installed the lift....Doppelmayer....Leitner?"
"No, it was Pascal"

Oh yeah, people work hard behind the scenes so we can ski. Thanks to you and all of them. Especially the Pascals.


I always enjoy your turn of phrase, @Scooter in Seattle - very well put!
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
"Who installed the lift....Doppelmayer....Leitner?"
"No, it was Pascal"

Oh yeah, people work hard behind the scenes so we can ski. Thanks to you and all of them. Especially the Pascals.


The first and seccond were made by Montaz Mautino of Grenble the third by Montagner of Annecy - this is the one I was fixing.
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DixieDean wrote:
A steal then. Though I'm not sure why someone would ski there as opposed La Praz, Les Gets, Les Carroz or Morillon. Much larger areas and not that far away.


The main one localy is Price - the family can ski for less than the price of one day pass in a larger resort! For many of the locals this would be the difference between skiing weekly or skiing once or twice a year!
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@brianatab, I may have posted it elsewhere, it's so long ago now I can't even begin to put a date on it but it is more than 10 years.
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@Pejoli, you are too kind. My wife not so much; she says "don't encourage him"!
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I've skied in Romme because I had already tried all the other resorts around it. Ideally there would be a Bargy pass to also allow Mt Sax and Reposoir.

For locals these small places are amazing. Ours is even smaller than Le Reposoir and not often open, but when it is we make sure we go and give bigger places a pass - why drive far when you can enjoy it all at your doorstep?
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I can see the attraction. Wish we had one on my local hill!
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I spent a week doing smaller resorts in the area about 10 years ago. Praz de Lys was then about Euro 14 a day I seem to remember. Very cheap.
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With the big melt (rain + warm temps) it was time to close runs



But was too warm, so I closed up the whole lower mountain, only closing one of our 5 lifts, but closing 1/2 our skiable area



A few days later I had a derail alarm on my lift, the cable hadn't actually come off. But the small rubber wheel that runs on the cable and activates the switch that tells you this had bounced over the side of the cable !

It was the uphill side of tower one, as you can see it's not a bit tower. But there is no ladder built into it, it was made in 1959 and I'm wearing ski boots. So a pain in the back bottom to climb and quite an aerial trick to get to the reset switch on the back of the leaver arm!



Today.... Snows back

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Mmm. That does look nice. snowHead
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@Idris, great stuff, keep it coming!
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Mmm. That does look nice. snowHead


Cant disagree with Pam - much better than without the snow Madeye-Smiley
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