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Now is a Good Time to Join Ski Patrol

post #1 of 5
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If you were thinking about joining ski patrol, March is the perfect time to contact the patrol director at your favorite ski resort to talk about joining their ski patrol. 

 

Why now you may ask? Typically the spring time is when patrols will take new candidates on the hill to give them a ski test and discuss what the requirements are to join the ski patrol at that ski resort.  Each ski resort has different requirements to join their ski patrol. 

 

 

Following are the typical steps to join ski patrol

 

  1. Contact the patrol director by phone or in person  (NO EMAIL)  at the resort(s) you are interested in joining their ski patrol.  The best way to do this is just walk into the first aid room and ask to talk the patrol director about joining their ski patrol.
  2. If you have not yet contacted the patrol director by phone or in person then go back to step 1.
  3. Make sure you understand what the requirements are to join ski patrol at that mountain.
  4. Also note  that the requirements to join your 2nd or 3rd favorite ski resort may be easier than your first choice. 
  5. Ask to meet the patrollers at the resort and spend a day skiing with patroller.  This will give you an idea what a typical day is for ski patrol and you will get an idea if you think you will fit in with the members of this ski patrol. 
  6. If you are already a First Responder,  EMT-B, paramedic, nurse, physician assistant, or medical doctor, you may only need to take the National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) challenge tests.
  7. If you have no previous medical training, the patrol director  may tell you that their resort requires all ski patrollers  to complete either or both an  EMT-B and/or OEC class. 
  8. Note, If you join your local volunteer fire department / rescue squad, you will probably be able to take an EMT-B class for FREE.  Contact the fire chief at your local fire/rescue departments to determine how to become a member.  Also note that it can take a few months to get through the paper work to join a volunteer fire and rescue department.

 

My personal recommendation is to join a local volunteer fire department rescue squad to become a volunteer  EMT-B.  Running medical calls during the summer keeps your medical skills up  for ski patrol Outdoor Emergency Care during the winter months. 

 

Here are a few links

 

http://www.nsp.org/about/joiningnsp.aspx

 

http://www.nspeast.org/join.htm

 

If you have any questions just ask. 

 

post #2 of 5

Doubt that a medical doctor making six figures will quit his day job to make $12 per hour doing ski patrol, unless he is well-established, needs a lifestyle change, is retired, etc...That said, it sounds like an awesome job

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Originally Posted by Alta Skier 110 View Post

Doubt that a medical doctor making six figures will quit his day job to make $12 per hour doing ski patrol, unless he is well-established, needs a lifestyle change, is retired, etc...That said, it sounds like an awesome job


Actually you would be very surprised.   It is not uncommon for a resort to have a few medical doctors on their VOLUNTEER ski patrol.  I know a few MDs have been patrolling for more than 30 years. 

 

The general perception by most people of the type of people that join ski patrol is very different than reality. 

 

post #4 of 5

There are docs working the aid room on a regular basis, for no pay other than a free pass. I have several friends in that category. Not all will obviously; I know other docs who point out that 1 day locum tenens pays for the pass.

 

None of them are "quitting their day job". The requirement for vollie patrol here is 12 duty days; I'd venture the requirement for docs is lower.

 

Lots of off duty firefighters and paramedics here, also. Good side gig.

 

Some patrols talk to people this time of year, others have fall recruitment and try-outs.

post #5 of 5

I was thinking of doing this at one time but I could never put up with the minority of patrolers that I know personally that have the Barney Fife attitude.

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