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Too late to apply for next season?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
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.
post #2 of 14
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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.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will try and contact the person in charge tomorrow. I have no background medical experience (well except for my wife's RN stories on a daily basis ) but I'm eager to learn about that aspect as well as mountain preservation and awareness. Hopefully, I can start shadowing this fall...
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by kelly001
Thanks, I will try and contact the person in charge tomorrow. I have no background medical experience (well except for my wife's RN stories on a daily basis ) but I'm eager to learn about that aspect as well as mountain preservation and awareness. Hopefully, I can start shadowing this fall...
If you talk to him, don't mention the shadowing thing up front, he may think you're not serious and may not want to waste his time. He may recommend something like that during the interview. We get a lot of inquiries that don't pan out for various reasons. Just tell him you're interested and let him suggest a plan. I know at my mountain, the Patrol Director is in the City making real money, but the personnel dept. is year round. He does get messages though. They also have a patrol application (both vollie and pro), and if you fill it out, the director will see it before the season, and call...
post #5 of 14
It really depends on where you wish to patrol. For many areas, yes, it probably is too late, but for my area it is NEVER too late. Check with the area that you would like to patrol at.
post #6 of 14
You like to commute. I'm only 3 hours away, and I'll take you.
post #7 of 14
Kelly,

Here is a link to the NSP Eastern Division Regions. From here you can find NSP Region Directors, Section Chiefs, and most important Patrol Directors. You need to pick a ski area you think you would like to patrol and then contact that mountain's patrol director. Each mountain has different requirements and different training schedules. For example, some mountains have OEC classes all through winter and others have it before the winter season starts.

BTW if you patrol for 7 years I hate to tell you, your in for life.

Good luck.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
You like to commute. I'm only 3 hours away, and I'll take you.
Unfortunately, I can't commute that kind of distance with my car that often.

I tried to contact a local mountain but didn't get a response to my email and phone inquiries.
post #9 of 14
It is a long drive. But don't stop now, NSP needs members, don't focus on just the one hill, look around.

Contact the regional director on this site, http://www.emari.org/ and he can help answer some of your questions.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've tried two local hills and not a single response from either. There's one more hill that's within a reasonable distance from Boston that I can try. It's kind of a bummer not to even get some sort of acknowledgment even if it is a negative response. I took the time to research and write to these patrols, they could at least decline politely.
post #11 of 14
Did you contact the patrol director, or did you contact the mtn. Remember it's still summer, and Mountains have reduced staff. Catskills sent you a link use that and find the PD or region director who can find the PD. Get a phone number and call her/him at home.

I don't go near the area from April to September. And they don't go near me.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
I contacted the patrol director directly at both mountains. The patrol director at one of those two mountains has regular office hours throughout the summer as I was told by the resort.

I'll contact the regional director to see if he knows who might need help.
post #13 of 14

OEC course starting now!

Find the area you want to work at and get a hold of the patrol director. Most are volunteer and have real jobs, so they are usually NOT at the area in the off season. Outdoor Emergency Courses usually start up now, (around Sept 1.) find one and get in it.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by kelly001 View Post
I contacted the patrol director directly at both mountains. The patrol director at one of those two mountains has regular office hours throughout the summer as I was told by the resort.

I'll contact the regional director to see if he knows who might need help.
I know that Deer Valley Patrol is apaid full time dept. The Patrol Manager does work year round, and few of the patrolers. In the summer they switch gears, and run the mtn. biking operations at the resort.
I know that during the winter if an employee wants to patrol the next seson, they are welcomed to 'shadow patrol' on thier days off. This gives the patrol supervisors to evaulate you. Go to the deer valley website for further info.
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