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Title: Over the Snow Vehicles


1
Over the Snow Vehicles
  • Chuck Martschinke
  • National Ski Patrol
  • Central Division

2
Patrol Survey
  • Do you use OSV
  • Sent via email to all patrols
  • Approximately 125
  • 32 responses
  • Two areas, reported twice
  • One reported on requirements of NY state

3
Do you use?
  • 14 use snowmobiles
  • 5 use some form of 4x
  • 7 use a combination of both
  • 6 use none (2 Nordic parks)
  • Area management does not allow them
  • Park rangers bring them if needed

4
What for?
  • Patient movement
  • pulling loaded toboggans
  • Up hill 13
  • Due to patrol room location
  • Down hill 12
  • Usually due to limited personnel (weekdays)
  • Horizontal 24
  • 2 said NO guests/patients on OSV
  • 4 said minor injuries on OSV

5
What for?
  • Movement of personnel and equipment
  • Added resources at an incident
  • Specialized equipment to an incident
  • Toboggans
  • To their ready locations
  • Up hill during training and evaluating
  • Escort of other grooming and snow making
    equipment
  • Opening and closing functions

6
Alternate methods
  • 7 use carriers to up load toboggans on chairs

7
Toboggan Carriers
8
Not so good alternate methods
  • Laps
  • Chairs

9
Training
  • 19 have training
  • Mostly home grown and done internally
  • One stated that the maintenance dept did the
    training
  • Only 3 mentioned any record keeping
  • Concerns with NSAA material on rider position
    (kneeling and standing)

10
Operation
  • Operators
  • 8 indicated they have dedicated operators
  • 5 said area employees only
  • Who decided they could be
  • 5 personal choice
  • 7 area management
  • 1 patrol director
  • 2 hill leader or crew chief

11
Operations
  • Dedicated Routes
  • 15 indicated they had routes to travel or avoid
  • 7 decided by area management
  • 8 decide by area management and patrol
  • 1 decide by habit
  • One hill to go up and one to go down
  • One reported operation zones vs. routes

12
Operations
  • Warning equipment
  • a mix of lights, flashers, strobes,
    beepers/horns, and flags were reported
  • Flags are the most prevalent
  • 3 whistles - operator
  • 9 reported no devices

13
Comments
  • Routes should consider
  • Visibility
  • Slope (difficulty)
  • General terrain
  • Question the general risk vs. reward
  • NY state requires full employees only
  • Could use better training and refreshing
  • Use greatly limited when area open

14
Comments
  • Not very reliable
  • When moving un-loaded toboggans
  • Toboggan handles folded back
  • Trains of toboggans no more than two toboggans
    long by two toboggans wide

15
Best Practices a start
  • A collaborative policy
  • Include all departments operating OSV
  • Understanding of department needs
  • Establish a training and refreshing program
  • With a record keeping component
  • Who can operate

16
Best Practices a start
  • What they should and should not be used for
  • When they should and should be operated
  • Where they should and should not be operated
  • What speed they should be operated at
  • Warning devices
  • Explore other methods to limit their need

17
Thank You
  • Have a safe and profitable season
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