I am considering a move to the Utah area in approximately 1.5 years from now and have been considering the thought of ski patrol. Currently I am a professional firefighter in Phoenix and will be retiring with 23+ yrs prior to the move. The thought of ski patrol has interested me for part-time or possibly full-time work. I haven't decided on it yet but it's always good to plan ahead since these types of jobs don't come easy.
My ski experience is Intermediate/advanced.(not expert) I will do double blacks but not like some people can. I board and ski with the family and i know ski patrol is ski only. My questions are mostly about preparation for working on a ski patrol and what the job entails. The questions would be for resorts in the PC/SLC area. Some questions are;
Does ski patrol offer full time only or part-time also?
Besides EMT cert, what other certs are needed? ALS? Are there ski patrol specific courses required?
What level of ski skill is required? Do they segregate better skilled patrollers to different parts of the mountains? (I'm in good physical shape so I'm not worried, just unsure if they send experienced patrollers to emergencies in tough spots)
Whats the average pay for the positions?
What time of year do you need to be prepared for the hiring process?
How many patrollers return from year to year? 90%? 70%? 30%?
How large of a pool of applicants do they have to choose from?
Just some thoughts. I don't have to get a job once there but something like this I may enjoy.