So this is a kind of a carry over from a thread I started on the epic site.
The patrol I'm on here in WNC has an opportunity to get a snowmobile for the patrol this coming winter. The snowmobile is used and needs some repair but I've gotten an agreement put together with a local motorcycle shop to do our basic maintenance and upkeep.
The main justification insurance wise will be access to all parts of the lift areas for lift evac and for a quicker response on the lower parts of our mountain directly from the patrol room.
What I'm hoping to get from ya'll is pictures and descriptions of the connection between the snowmobile and the sled. and also a breakdown of what gear you normally will set up with. IE: trauma kits, evac kits , basic 1st aid etc.
The other thing we will be needing is a training/refresher layout. we can start from scratch and make one hill specific but I really don't want to have to reinvent the wheel plus by starting from scratch I'm sure we'll miss something important.
Any help is much appreciated.
Here's a couple I've found Googling - snowmobile ambulance
Hope it helps.
I'm thinking this is what we need . Does anyone have experience with this?
We use snowmobiles (aka 'mo) pretty extensively where I work. The 'mos all have a hitch that we can drop the front rope handles of a Cascade tobaggan in to drag it around.
BUT, and this is huge, we never hitch a toboggan with a patient directly to a 'mo. A patroller in the horns/handles of the toboggan takes a webbing strap that's tied to the 'mo (about 6 to 8 ft long) and wraps it around a handle of the toboggan and grips it so that it can be released instantly. The 'mo then pulls the toboggan with the 'troller in the handles. If a problem or an energency comes up the 'troller can instantly release the strap and take over the sled transport.
We don't equip the 'mo with any medical supplies - those come from the patrol shack. In fact, we rarely use a 'mo to first-respond to accidents, largely because of hazard to the skiing customers. It's mostly to carry secondary response gear as needed, pull 'trollers with sleds through flat spots, and transport some customers and patrol.
We have a training video and a refresher test that all operators must take annually.
There's more but I have to go do something right now. I'll come back later on.
I'm trying to do all this as cheap as possible but I'm thinking we end up with both sled attachment systems.
I'll see if I can get some pictures of the rig we use. It uses some angle iron welded with some rectangular metal bars that fit inside the toboggan handles. There is a hole drilled in the side of the handle that allows connection to the snowmobile with large "D" type clips (like the ones that hold the handle to the sled).
Our area no longer allows snowmobiles on the hill while we are open except in the case of extreme emergency. You might want to double check with your insurance carrier about how you plan to use them. If a customer collides with a snowmobile it is probably a lost court case even if they are the ones that are grossly negligent.pais alto likes this.
I used to run chores for patrol (stupid mountain manager would give them their own sled) with a 30ft static rope tied around the second seat and handles, then pay out enough to tow a patroller/sled/patient or the whole thing to tow up to five patrollers on skis after sweeps. This was on a 800cc 4-stroke Yamaha FYI. I'd also sometimes have to tow 2 toboggans stacked and water up to the base of the upper mountain lift. Id strap one to the other and throw the front hand loops through a hitch similar to this.
Anything like food/medical supplies, we would use an Otter sled with a slip cover. The best thing you can do though is learn how to turn them around on a slope w/o rolling it and understand that if you do roll it, you're never going to be able to stop it.
So, where I was going with this was don't hitch a sled with a patient in it to a 'mo. The driver can't really attend to a patient and drive at the same time, and there's the possibility of accidents or problems, the issue of spray, and the hazard to other skiers. As I said above, we respond with medical gear on skis from the patrol shack 99% of the time.
As pointed out above, collisions between 'mos and skiers cause lawyering, so absolute minimal use during open hours is how we roll.
I forget where the 'mo safe operating procedures video we got came from, but if you can't find one through NSP or NSAA or someone like that let me know and I'll make a call. We have experienced senior operators test new ones and everyone takes the safetyoperating review test and watches the video each season.
As mentioned above, rolling a 'mo is a bad thing so training needs to include some serious focus on avoiding that. Also route selection. And digging holes in the snow with the treads. And maintenance, parking, fueling, and parking procedures.
We have a couple of worn out toboggans that we use as 'work sleds' that we use to haul all kinds of 'boo, fences, ropes, signs, etc. Someone welded up some arms that attach to a stem that goes in the hitches, and a safety chain like any hitch trailer should have. The arms attach with D rings to the tabs that the toboggan handles attach to (the handles are removed). Those things look a lot like this:
The hitch we use is this:
Your state or county may have a skier safety act or similar legislation with requirements for ski area 'mo operation like lights, flags, noisemakers, etc. You should check that out.
Snowmobiles are better thought of as pickup trucks rather than ambulances.