Patrol Update for the post -2003 -2004 Ski Season
On Christmas Day, 2003, Mountain management informed the Mt. Waterman Ski
Patrol that it did not have plans to operate the resort for
skiing and snowboarding during the 2003-2004 season, regardless of the snow
pack. The area had not certified its lifts for operation. Without lift certification, the
area does not have a permit to operate as a ski resort.
In January, 2004, the patrol was informed that
management was taking steps to certify lifts 1 and 2, and they requested
the help of the patrol on the hill for preparation of the lifts and
other facilities. Over several weekends, the patrol has made itself
available, but weather, safety, and insurance concerns limit the extent
to which patrol can participate in these activities.
By March we were in the winter weather cycle. There
was an excellent snowpack on
Mt. Waterman. It was as skiable as ever. But the lifts were not certified,
and the area did not have a permit to operate from the Forest Service. The
snow phone was dead, so patrons could not get any information from
It wasn't until the season was OVER that chair 1 was
certified for operation. We understand that the mountain will operate
for sightseeing and mountain biking this summer.
The members of the Mt. Waterman Ski Patrol have no information about the long term prospects for the reopening of the
Mt. Waterman resort, but we are committed to assisting those who value
this hidden gem of a ski area and respect its place in the history of
skiing in the United States. Waterman patrollers are keeping in shape and are honing
their patrolling skills by helping out at other resorts and by
participating in regional patrolling training events.
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