Originally Posted by kelly001
I've been considering volunteering my time with a ski patrol here in MA. Is this too late to apply for a position starting next season? I don’t have any medical training but would be willing to start on it this summer if necessary. Any advice would be appreciated.
Find out who runs the patrol at the hill you want to ski at and contact them.
Many hills have you shadow for the first ski season to watch and do non-patient care things like marking hazards, mending fences and stuff like that. You get evaluated for skiing skills and everyone gets a chance to see if the personality "fit" is a good one.
You get to see if the medical stuff is really what you had in mind---before you spend 100 hours or more in an OEC course (Outdoor Emergency Care is NSP's course).
If, after that year, you decide you like it---you have a jump start on the training and already know some to the terms.
If not, you have very little invested other than a bit of your time---but you probably became just a bit better skier in the process.