Participants in the Rocky Mountain Division Young Adult Patroller Jamboree last weekend at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Colo. Courtesy photo
Pajarito Mountain YAP JoAnna O’Neill leads a toboggan carrying the lifeless body of a snowman downhill to a lift as part of a training exercise during last weekend’s YAP jamboree. Courtesy photo
Three young adult patrollers (YAPs) and five YAP candidates from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol (PMSP) traveled to Sunlight Mountain Resort in Colorado for last weekend’s Annual Rocky Mountain Division YAP Jamboree last weekend.
YAPS JoAnna O’Neill, John Rees and Max Herrmann, and candidates Ethan Aulwes, Justin Holmes, Gustavo Rogers, Chris Buntain and Kai Coblentz participated in the two-day event with other young adults from Loveland, Sandia, and Sunlight ski areas.
The skiers trained and practiced on toboggan techniques with O’Neill and Rees in the more advanced groups and the others in the beginner groups. They participated in a scenario challenge where they had to transport a two-foot snowman by toboggan downhill to the lift and were judged on creativity and the condition of the snowman when it reached the bottom.
Traveling with the group were YAP advisors David Phillips, Steve Maze and Julie Maze, patrollers Eric Schaller and Mike O’Neill, patrol medical director Robert McClees and patrol candidates Heidi Rogers and Jessica Gillis.
Max Herrmann, a Pajarito Mountain YAP, enjoys the fresh snow at Sunlight Mountain during the YAP jamboree. Courtesy photo