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Ski patrolling and training?

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Im working at my local hill right now as a liftie. Its alright but I would like to do or at least know more to help the customers. My University has classes to become and for current patrollers in the fall but they are mostly for volunteer patrollers. I would like to train to become a paid patroller and start next season, if thats not possible I wouldn't mind doing volunteer work for ski passes while in school. Im an advanced skier ( I can handle every run at our hill very easily and most runs at larger resorts like winter park and copper) while staying in control and i have a strong stomach, blood isn't an issue. Any tips or suggestions or training tips?

post #2 of 4

Talk to the patrol director to see what your options are (paid vs volly, shadowing, classes, costs, etc).


Work on your snowplowing, side-slipping, and transitioning between the two in various conditions and trails while holding your poles as if they were the handles of a toboggan.

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If this is a long term passion.  I would highly recommend you take an EMT-B class.  The way it works in most states is if you join a local volunteer fire department, the EMT-B class is FREE. 


Always check with the Patrol Director at the ski areas you may want to patrol at.  Ask him or her about taking an EMT-B class or taking an National Ski Patrol OEC class.  Once you complete your state's EMT-B class, most National Ski Patrol regions in the country allow you to challenge the OEC course by completing practical hands on evaluation and an OEC course.  For some reason the Nation Ski Patrol Region in the central part of the USA forces EMT-Bs to take the full OEC course.  rolleyes.gif  Each NSP division is different.  Best to ask lots of questions. 

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Every state if different, as is every area's requirements of their patrollers.  Start with asking questions of the local patrol you wish to be come affiliated with.  The NSP OEC first course is a good first step.  Some states will allow EMT's to patrol with no additional first aid training.  Some have other first aid requirements.  Once the first aid is out of the way, then comes the S&T (ski ability and toboggan handling) training.  The S&T requirements are very much an area defined criteria.  It's a fun job, and very rewarding whether you are a pro or volly.

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