93. Pee- Free Put skis in the middle of the rack. Dogs pee on the outside corners. —Tim Cooney, Aspen Mountain, Colorado
94. NSP The National Ski Patrol celebrates its 75th birthday in 2013. Look for a huge NSP throwdown in Denver during January ’13 to celebrate.
95. Just the Tip U.S. patrols do not charge for routine medical responses. We appreciate a gratuity. —Anonymous, Sun Valley, Idaho
96. Steel Crampons As great as lightweight aluminum crampons are, steel ones are ultimately better for mixed climbing over rock and ice. Choose a good 10-point steel mountaineering crampon with a toe bail and heel throw. —Jeff Burke, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
97. Patroller Psychology They’re like silverback gorillas. They’re sensitive and hang out mostly with dudes. They wake up early, and, even if they’re modern guys, there’s going to be some ego in there. —Ryan Howe, Telluride, Colorado
98. How to Maximize the Last $75 in Your Bank Account When Moving to a Ski Town Get a job with room and board. —Sam Howard, Alta, Utah
99 Touring-Pack Staples Always carry a shovel, probe, and beacon. Bring a small first-aid kit for minor injuries, as well as some mountaineering gear (a couple lightweight carabiners, some cordelettes, and a small hank of rope). Bring tape. Pack a puffy coat for breaks, the summit, or in case something goes wrong and you’re out for longer than you intended. —Jeff Burke, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
100. Learn Staged Openings On a powder day, get first tracks by learning a mountain’s staged openings—which lifts the patrol opens first and the sequence of what follows. —Eric Tanguay, Telluride, Colorado