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The adventure begins again - Patroling at a new resort

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Last week I accepted a job for the upcoming winter at Megeve! Probably as different a resort as possible from last winter at La Romme, but just the oposite side of the same mountain, les Aravis.
This winter I will not be a lifty, a mechanic, an electrician. I will be a full time patroler and part time info post.
My mornings will start earlier and my days will finish later, but the drive will be shorter.
I will have to ski many runs to open them and at the end of day close them. Many more signs to put up and take down.
I will probably have to do more than 5 rescues in a season, wont be surprised if I end up doing more than 5 a week.
Lunch is provided and if I'm not to busy I get an hour to eat it. No more packed lunch on the go!
There will be co workers and Colleagues to learn from, not make it up as I go along.
There are procedures, plans and preparednes, not just thrown the keys and told best of luck.
New uniform of many parts not just a used Jacket with a name on it.
Why did I get the job, they wanted an experienced person with real English skils (They only have one other real english speaker on the whole operations staff). As a bonus I'm happy to do high wire rescue (aparently the majority of staff are terrified of it?)
Am I looking forward to it, hell yes. Any terpedation, yup they grilled me for 10 min about where my rugby loyalties lie....and I don't even have a telly!
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Impressive. Best of luck!
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Congratulations, hopefully I’ll here a English accent in the megeve uniform & say hello , rather than you asking me if it hurts Eh oh!
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Good luck. 5 a day is probably more like it at Megeve
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Fantastic!
Will you get to do the avalanche control, bombs & all, I would assume that's after further (extensive!) training...?
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Excellent, congratulations Totally different from last season but no doubt as rewarding.

Looking forward to the reports again, when you can Madeye-Smiley
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Well played @Idris,
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Fantastic

Have a great season

So as they knew you were Pays de Galles it was sealed Wink
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Congratulations, we will be out in March so thanks for looking after it. Any news on if they are expecting a busy season?
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Well done! Looking forward to the always interesting reports from the other side on the resort fence.
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@Idris, nice one! Well done. Although Romme is quite special
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Looking forward to tales of the season, both highs and lows, and details of working with the helicopters.
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@Idris, congratulations.

as someone who had to call on the services of the Megeve patrollers a few years ago, my daughter twisted her knee and had to be "bloodwaggoned" off the mountain to st gervais, i can say the patroller was amazing and she put my daughter at ease laughing and joking with her and all of us.

i visited the resort a few weeks later with a work colleauge, and saw her on the slopes, when i stopped to thank her, she remembered my daughter and asked how she was doing and passed on her good wishes.
suffice to say her English was exceptional compared to my "allo, allo" french Toofy Grin Toofy Grin

i have always been in awe of all the patrollers wherever i have skied.
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You know it makes sense.
Sounds great and it's a ski area I love, so that's great to hear. Congrats.
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
That’s the dream. Have a great season.
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No Style wrote:
Congratulations, we will be out in March so thanks for looking after it. Any news on if they are expecting a busy season?


Yes. Advance booking are busy. Last winter Combloux (which is mostly french Tourists) had its busiest season ever. If the summer is anythig to go by, then busy but messy.
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@Idris, best of luck for a great season!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
BobinCH wrote:
@Idris, best of luck for a great season!


+1

That's great. Hope to see you on the mountain sometime. And not because you are putting me in a blood wagon!
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Impressive, that sounds like an ideal job. I would love most of it, but the high wire thing may have my knees wobbling.
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Looking forward to tales of the season, both highs and lows

+1 Drove through Megeve and Combloux today, in stunning weather, with every facet of the mountains crystal clear. It won't always be like that!!
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Idris wrote:
Last week I accepted a job for the upcoming winter at Megeve! Probably as different a resort as possible from last winter at La Romme, but just the oposite side of the same mountain, les Aravis.
This winter I will not be a lifty, a mechanic, an electrician. I will be a full time patroler and part time info post.
My mornings will start earlier and my days will finish later, but the drive will be shorter.
I will have to ski many runs to open them and at the end of day close them. Many more signs to put up and take down.
I will probably have to do more than 5 rescues in a season, wont be surprised if I end up doing more than 5 a week.
Lunch is provided and if I'm not to busy I get an hour to eat it. No more packed lunch on the go!
There will be co workers and Colleagues to learn from, not make it up as I go along.
There are procedures, plans and preparednes, not just thrown the keys and told best of luck.
New uniform of many parts not just a used Jacket with a name on it.
Why did I get the job, they wanted an experienced person with real English skils (They only have one other real english speaker on the whole operations staff). As a bonus I'm happy to do high wire rescue (aparently the majority of staff are terrified of it?)
Am I looking forward to it, hell yes. Any terpedation, yup they grilled me for 10 min about where my rugby loyalties lie....and I don't even have a telly!


I once saw a pisteur catch a helicopter ride purely so he could get to the restaurant for lunch without getting on the chairlift. We were getting on the chairlift, heli with rotors turning at the bottom, unloaded some gear, pisteur comes running over and jumps in, chairlift leaves, heli fires up, we get about 3rd of way up, heli takes off, over takes us about halfway up, manoeuvres to land, we’re about 3/4 up, lands, he jumps out, heli takes off, we dock, he skis off, we follow him wondering what was so important…. He skis straight in to resto for lunch…. Lunch, lunch was so important. Brilliant.
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Thanks for the update that it may be a busy season, I'm pleased as want the businesses to keep going. Have a great season.
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