Originally Posted by madmanmlh
Hey all, im back.
Im thinking about trying to become a patroller for smuggs this coming winter. Ive been skiing smuggs for 10 years, so i know the mountain very well, and im a solid skier myself. My question is: what do i need to do in order to become a patroller?
As skier_j said, contact the patrol director at the mountain, or the personnel department at the mountain who will put you in contact with the director. He will guide you in what you need to do for his mountain.
|I know I need to take the OEC course. But where? Im a full time college student, but i can afford to give up a nigth or 12 a week. I go to UVM in burlington vt. Where should i be looking to take this course?
Most mountains do thier own training and have thier own program for new patrollers. Some programs start in the summer, starting the training in O
are at night or weekends, then finishing the training on the mountain once the snow flies. Ocassionally there are local classes available to get you started, the patrol director would be the best one to let you know that. Our mountain starts training in December for
volunteers, happens every weekend until you're ready, and splits the day into medical and sled training. Our full time candidates start training in December also, but it happen 5-6 days a week, and mixes sled training, medical training, and work details as the patrol instructors dictate.
|Also, what else is involved? Im sure theres on the snow training for the tobbagans (sp) and such things at each mountain.
Also what type of money am i looking to pay for the course and make as a patroller?
Costs are minimal and every mountain is different. you may have to buy the 2 OEC manuals, about 85 dollars but some mountains will supply them for you, and the yearly NSP dues ($35?). Sometime during training, you'll need medical supplies. Some mountains will set you up with this, at some you'll have to buy. Our mountain supplies the medical essentials and the trainee will need to supply the pack that holds it ($25- $45 depending on the one you choose)
At all mountains, as a volunteer
patroller you'll get paid in free skiing, a lot of satisfaction, improved skiing to a level you may not even know existed, great training in first aid and skiing, a great bunch of people to hang and ski/board with and an endless supply of Ski Patrol groupies
. Once again, every mountain is different in thier additional perks.
A full time patroller is another story. At our mountain, they get paid while they train, the montain picks up all thier training and equipment costs, but it is usually a full time job and more time commitment than an active college student could afford.
Hopefully there's a Smugglers patroller on-line to answer this post but in the meantime, hope this helps and hope you follow up.