Recently, my nephew along with two of his children, ages 10 and 5, accompanied me on a Saturday afternoon to the Brighton Ski Resort. He is a new dentist, specializing in children's dentistry, and has been away in training for 10 years. Neither of his children had skied before, so I suggested he put them in the Brighton Ski School.

We had arranged to meet the children upon completion of the two-hour lesson, although we had checked on them several times during the afternoon. The 10-year-old, who is extremely independent, was missing. His brother didn't know where he had gone.We immediately contacted the ski patrol headquarters, reporting the lost child. They in turn obtained a complete description and requested that one of us remain with them while the other went looking. Within 10 minutes, a patrolman reported they had the child. The boy had been riding the new beginner's ski lift and it had closed. He wanted to get one more run so went to the nearby Great Western lift, which takes skiers to the most difficult areas in the resort.

While I was waiting at ski patrol headquarters, other reports came in of problems on the slopes. These included a child who had skied into a parked car.

Those of us who frequent our winter ski resorts probably don't fully appreciate the dedicated service of our mostly volunteer ski patrol. These are highly trained men and women who work long hours, sometimes in extremely inclement weather. There are thousand of skiers on the slopes and this volunteer group of professionals should receive our greatest thanks and appreciation. We truly have the "Greatest Snow on Earth" and the best and most convenient ski resorts.

Floyd K. Howell

Salt Lake City