It’s intriguing to think what your day might be like as a Scottish ski patroller, working in one of the most uncertain climates in the world on a job that is defined by unpredictability, and trying to beat it to the punch.
In what has been an unusual winter I haven’t skied my local slopes as much as I’d have wanted but whilst I might choose not to go up the hill on the wet and windy days, this is a photo-story of a crew who are up the hill every day that Nevis Range is open, come blizzard or bluebird. When we go skiing there is a metaphorical safety net which is weaved by this crew before we set foot on a gondola, and just as it went up before we arrived it is taken down when we’re gone. This was a calm day with an opportunity for the team to train around their patrols and take time advising skiers about conditions over the back, but often there’s a curveball with no two days being the same. To say it’s a job is perhaps to understate the commitment and energy required.
Many thanks to the Ski Patrol team at Nevis Range. Jeff, Will, Emma, Ben, Inver Patrol and Jura Patrol.