A decision to stand down Ben Lomond Ski Patrol has been reversed by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife.
The reversal comes two days after Ben Lomond Ski Patrol president John Marshall took to social media to vent his frustration that PWS had told the volunteer service it was not required.
On Tuesday, a PWS spokeswoman confirmed the decision had been reversed and ski patrols would be reinstated on the mountain.
The initial decision was made due to a clause in the mountain’s management plan that stated the ski patrol was not required if the ski lifts were not operational.
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“Long-standing protocols do not require ski patrol to operate when services are shut. However, given there are a number of visitors accessing Ben Lomond at the moment, the PWS and the Ben Lomond Ski Patrol have agreed to resume mid-week and weekend services,” the PWS spokeswoman said.
A day after Mr Marshall took to social media, a woman was extradited from the mountain by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter after she injured her knee while skiing. Ambulance Tasmania dispatched two ambulances to the mountain but the woman ended up waiting for two-and-a-half hours because one of the ambulances got stuck in the snow.
Mr Marshall said on Tuesday that if the ski patrol volunteers had been in attendance it would have alleviated the need for the helicopter.
He said each time the helicopter is sent to an incident, it comes at a cost, but the ski patrol is already funded for mid-week patrols.
As it stands, the injured woman was attended to by an employee of one of the businesses at the ski village, who is also a volunteer ski patrol member, while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. “What happened is a standard ambulance waits at the bottom and then a four-wheel-drive goes to the top to transport the patient down, but the 4WD got stuck in the snow without snow chains,” Mr Marshall said.
“Our mid-week patroller would have been there and we do have the resources to transport people down from the mountain, so it would have alleviated the need for the helicopter, which costs.”
PWS notified the ski patrol on August 14 that its services would not be required.