In January, inspirational sisters from Oxford, Charlotte and Jessica Loveday, trained with the Canadian Ski Patrol and are now employed in Panorama Resort, Canada working for Ski Patrol this coming winter.
Having always been keen skiers and wanting to work in the outdoors, Charlotte and Jessica were searching for the ideal winter season abroad. The sisters are passionate about helping people, so, taking a massive step into the unknown, they packed their bags and jetted off for the experience of a lifetime!
It’s no secret that skiers and snowboarders are susceptible to injury – most of us have seen a toboggan or two evacuating someone off the hill. And when snowfall is heavy, the sound of controlled avalanche explosions rings through the mountains, keeping the pistes safe. Lottie and Jessica learned all about this during their hands-on Ski Patrol course.
“The experience of a lifetime!”
“I have always really wanted to work in the outdoors and am passionate about helping people, so taking a huge step into the unknown, I booked a place on The Winter Sports Company ski patrol course with my sister, Jess. In January 2015 we packed our bags and jetted off to Panorama, Canada for the experience of a lifetime!”
“Everything was so informative.”
“My favourite aspect of the course itself were the practical elements on the hill – not only was I enjoying myself, everything was so informative and it gave me a real taste for what it would be like to work there as part of their amazing team.”
“literally meant jumping off a chairlift”
“The most memorable parts of my training were the avalanche training and the chair lift evacuation practice, which literally meant jumping off a chairlift with only your ropes and knots to save you! Good thing they’d taught us well!”
What an achievement.
The Director of The Winter Sports Company reflects on the sisters’ accomplishments, “We work in an industry where male instructors and patrollers heavily outnumber females, we need more female skiing and snowboarding role models like Lottie and Jess, we are so proud of everything they have achieved.”
Ready for the experience of a lifetime?
Ski Patrol provides emergency medical and rescue to people using the mountain for snow sports. Training and qualifications are internationally recognised, and you learn about outdoor emergency care, avalanche control, air rescue, toboggan handling, and much more.
The Winter Sports Company run ski patrol courses in Panorama Mountain Resort, Canada.