FYI - Gulmarg - Ski Patrol Credentials

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Ptor Spricenieks

professional ski-mountaineer, writer, photographer,
skiing since age 2, ski racing age 7-16, 17 years ski-mountaineering…

Qualifications:
1990 CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Level I certification.
1997 Outdoor Emergency Care Advanced Certificate.

Expeditions:

50 premiere ski descents over 50 degrees worldwide…
New Mexico, Colorado,
Utah, California. Washington, Wyoming, Montana,
Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Colombia,
Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Pakistan, India, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Austria
5 winters in La Grave, France
1 winter in Chamonix, France
2 winters in Golden B.C.
1 winter in Nelson. B.C.
8 winters in Whistler, B.C.
heli-guiding in B.C. Coast Range

Gulmarg ski resort in 2004.





Bill Barker

18 years ski patrolling at Mt. Hotham, Australia.

Current position: Assistant Director ski patrol.



Bill: Mt Hotham is a great resort (although small on a world wide scale) it has
some really good terrain and we get our share of powder days. Our patrol is
made up of 50 patrollers (paid and volunteers) and we respond to about 1200
callouts per season.
I am a dedicated professional ski bum and have spent many seasons working
and playing in Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Japan.
When I'm not in the snow I spend my time following the surf or hanging out
at Mt Arapiles (Australias best rock climbing area).
An old ski bum mate first told me about Gulmarg. 15 years ago he showed me
some footage from his time there. He told me stories of powder, rides back
up the hill in army trucks and plans to build a gondola to the peak.
Since then I have been keeping a close eye on Gulmarg's progress and am now
more than ever looking forward to the experience.
Hope to see you there...


Qualifications:
National Ski Patroller.

ASPA First Aid – Distinction.

Avalanche 1.

Vertical Rescue.

Train the Trainer.

Experienced Supervisor.

Plant Mechanic Trade Certificate.

Over-snow Vehicle Operator’s Permit.



Overnight and day touring using tents, snow caves and huts:
50 Days per year ski touring and ski mountaineering
20 nights per year in tents/huts and snow caves above snow line
100 days a year driving snowmobiles and operates haglunds a few times a year
Expert cross-country skier

Winter Seasons:
18 Winters at Mt. Hotham, Australia.
9 Winters abroad including Canada, Japan and Europe.




Natasha Pritchard
Ski patrolling Mt. Hotham, Australia.
Current position: Training Coordinator ski patrol.



Natasha: I joined Hotham patrol in 1998 and now take care of the training program.
For many years now I've chased winters to places such as Canada, New
Zealand, Austria and Manali (India).
I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the Kashmiri patrollers and
exploring their spectacular mountains.
I'm sure that I will learn a lot along the way and take home many good
memories from my experiences with the Gulmarg Patrol.


Qualifications:
Australian Ski Patrol Association First Aid, 1998, 2000, 2003
Over-snow Vehicle Operators License, Mt Hotham, 2002
Vertical Cliff Rescue, 2004
Steep Snow and Ice, Course refresher Police Search and Rescue, 2004
Avalanche Program Stage 1, New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, 1997
‘National’ Ski Patrol Association Certificate, 2000
Cliff Rescue and Abseiling, Professional Association of Climbing Instructors, 1998
Remote Area First Aid, March 1998

Overnight and day touring using tents, snow caves and huts:
Indian Himalaya, Manali region,
Austria, St Anton,
Canada, Rogers Pass, Fernie, Red Mountain, Whistler, Whitewater
Australia, Mt Bogong, Main Range, Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham area
New Zealand; Temple Basin, Broken River


Winter Seasons:
Manali, India. St Anton, Austria.
Red Mountain, Fernie, Whistler, Big White, Canada
Temple Basin, New Zealand
10 seasons Mt Hotham, Australia




David Marchi
Senior Mountaineering/ ski guide- skills instructor.
Mountaineering guide- Mt. Mckinley (Alaska), Carstensz Pyramid (Irian Jaya, Indonesia).
Professional Heli-ski guide (Alaska).
Avalanche Forecaster.


Qualifications:
AIARE Level 1 and 2 Certificate.
Wilderness First Responder Instructor (WMI) and WFR Certified (River Skills Center, Mt. Shasta, CA).
AMGA Ski Guides Course Participant 5/03 Instructor: Ramsay Thomas, Tim Villeneuva.
AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course Participant 3/04 Instructor: Martin Volken, Howie Swartz.
Former Durango Mountain Resort Ski Patrol.
Former member of the United States Ski Team.




Kip Garre
Guide for Points North Heli Adventures.
Guide for Shasta Mountain Guides.
Kip: Never having been to India I saw this opportunity to travel to Gulmarg a great
way to expand my knowledge and to help spread my love for skiing and the mountains. I
am very interested in taking part in this program.


Qualifications:
Attended the AMGA ski mountaineering guides course.
Attended the Level III ski mountaineering guides Avalanche course, held by the
American Avalanche Association.

Attended Wilderness first Responder course, Berkley CA


Expeditions:

traveled to South America to film for Winc. INC. filming for a TV show
Traveled to Europe to ski in Chamonix/mont blanc
Traveled to Alaska to ski Mt. Mckinley
Traveled to Peru for a ski mountaineering trip min the Cordillera Blance


Jorgen Karstrom
UIAGM aspirant mountain guide based in La Grave, France.

Jorgen: I have worked and lived in ski resorts in the Alps and Sweden a big part of the year since the late eighties. The last ten years La Grave has been my winter base. There I have skied a lot with Ptor and have the experience of a big mountain that is been run without the use of explosives.
I have been following the development of Gulmarg's gondola with big interest the last few years.
It would be a very nice start of the season to help to open up Gulmarg Mountain, work with the local ski patrol and the mission Gulmarg team.
 

Varel_Frystensky

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No doubt that they are all keen and dedicated mountaineers, but I can not see any one of them to stay in Gulmar for the rest of their lives or extended period of time. And that’s what makes ski patrollers to become the great. They need to know their mountain like a back of their hand. They need to be familiar with the local weather behavior patterns and many, many other things such as geographical knowledge, where the snow masses build due to winds, signs advancing change in weather etc. This can not be learnt in one or two seasons and no course will substitute such knowledge learnt over a life time. If those western patrollers will pass their technical knowledge and experience onto local patrol members, it would be a bonus, but other than that it seems to me that these guys are just seeking a new adventure.
 

InMyTree

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Umm.. I think he makes his point pretty clearly.

Whether you agree with it or not, or whether it really matters is another matter but its quite clear what his opinion is.
 

adminvb

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Which appears to be that the resort should not bother making use of international expertise to assist with operation of Gulmarg this winter!

The people listed above are there to skill-up the locals.

What better process could be adopted by the first ski resort in the Himalayas, than to make sure they are benefitting from the experience of those who have been there before?

:headbang:
 

Varel_Frystensky

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<Fred> said:
Varel

Your point being?

Fred
My point being that at an extreme situation all those listed might not help after all. In other words you could ask the same question to powdercat.
 
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jt-ski

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Varel_Frystensky said:
<Fred> said:
Varel

Your point being?

Fred
My point being that at an extreme situation all those listed might not help after all. In other words you could ask the same question to powdercat.
As I recall, these patrollers and mountaineers are over there to train the new crop of Kasmiri Patrollers in the Gulmarg. Show them first aid skills and more importantly Avalanche and operations management of opening and closing a mountain.

On another note... I have a credit in ASPA... can I come too??
 
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adminvb

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jt-ski

Send me your resume via www.skihimalaya.com.

The resort is flying the people in next winter in return for a 3 month voluntary commitment with of course all board and lodging covered.

For 2007 it is quite possible that only a one month commitment will be required from international volunteers, with the trade-off being that sponsorship will be limited to board and lodgings (ie not flights).

Cheers
Peter Robinson = Fred!
www.skihimalaya.com
 
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Varel_Frystensky

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OK, this seem to be the missing piece of info to the list of names. Now it all make sence and we all can only praise Gulmar for such approach.
 
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