I searched and did not find, if this has been covered please point me to the thread and ignore below.
I am considering getting involved with ski patrol, full blown involvement would probably be a few years off (if things go as planned I may be able to start taking 3 months off, ie Jan-March, every year beginning in 3-4 years, I would be about 50 at that time). I am a pulmonary/critical care md, pretty good shape, beyond comfortable with arrest, shock, central lines, intubation, emergent tracheostomy (means you failed on the intubation), chest tubes etc. I am very aware from riding along with EMS in fellowship that what I do in the ICU is very different than field conditions, but am reasonably confident I could pick it up quickly. The medical part doesn't concern me much.
I would be MUCH more concerned about the following scenario:
Me: "He was in full arrest, cyanotic and pulseless when we found him. He resuscitated easily and had a strong pulse within a couple of minutes"
Patrol Boss: "Great! How is he doing now?"
Me: "Ummm....well...I sorta lost control of the toboggan and dropped him over a cliff"
I could guess at my current level (6?), but really my question is more practical - what should I be able to do on skis before I bother approaching the local ski patrol?