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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I know there are a few patrollers here...

For the sake of getting to know each other better, thought I'd get this going.

Tell us where you patrol, vollie or pro, and how long you've been doing it.

I patrol at Snoqualmie Pass, volunteer, and this is my 2nd year.
post #2 of 12
I had many a fun year patrolling.

Pro'd at Bromley during the gas rationing, Vol'd at Windham when it was still a private ski club, was the Leader at a one slope town run hill in Lebanon, NH.

Had a blast since I was 15 and use to cut school to ski at the local hill-now closed- Dutchess Mt.

After years of being inactive, was asked by my new Leader to redo my Senior test. I went all smiles. My first Senior test was at Pico, during a blizzard...all the examiners saying what a great atmosphere! The second time was a beautiful snow/sky day at Okemo.

Patrollers get to do a lot of neat stuff. Loved the mountaineering and avalanche courses. Have taken them many times.

I've given up Patrolling 3 years ago to spend time coaching/instructing. At times it is boring compared to what I use to do!

Question: If it weren't for patrollers hauling you off the slopes, would you still do the crazy stuff you do? Notice I said "hauling you off", not "Bawling yo off". :

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 16, 2001 11:58 AM: Message edited 1 time, by KeeTov ]</font>
post #3 of 12
I've got a question for all you patrollers. I'm 20 years old and I've always been interested in becoming a ski patrol. When I lived out West the patrolers out there would always try to discourage me from becoming a ski patrol by telling me its too much work and what not. But the thing is, I don't really care how much work it takes, I am very interested in becoming at least a volunteer patrol. Where I currently am going to school, there are no mountains, but I understand there is a small ski hill about an hour away and I've talked with one guy who had become a certified volunteer patrol with the NSP through that hill, but this was a few years ago and I had met this guy when he was just visiting the Bozeman area. I figure that this would be a good chance to drive there for training on the weekends. What I'm wondering is what exactly do I have to do, and who should I contact for any information about becoming a member of the National Ski Patrol. Thanks for your help!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
7 Mary 3,
You can contact the Northern Division Director in Missoula for contact information closer to where you live. His information is below:

Richard Everett
P O Box 7573
325 N. Easy St.
Missoula, MT 59807-7573

Requirements are: pass a skiing ability test (usually given at your local area by your local patrol). If your skiing still needs work, you can be an Auxillary Patroller (no toboggans).
Successfully complete a 100 Hour Outdoor Emergency Care class. Mr. Everett should be able to point at contacts and class schedules near where you live.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross, also your patrol)

There a numerous refresher classes you will be required to complete each year as well.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
post #5 of 12
Patrolling is work...but rewarding work. On the flip side, you get first/last run, and learn a heck of a lot. Some patrols work you harder than others, and the level of experience and confidence shows.

Many ski patrols have competitions. Take a look at cascadetobaggon.com Relay races, going over jumps...with a tobaggon!! FUN!!!

When I was 17 and in charge of the Junior Patrol, we sent a team to compete in the Regionals. We were given a hard time (1967)because our advisor had a beard, and I had a girl as the leader. Luckily times have changed. By the way, we came in first!!!

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 16, 2001 01:50 PM: Message edited 1 time, by KeeTov ]</font>
post #6 of 12
I'm at Smuggler's Notch, Vermont, 2nd year, and I really dig it. My main squeeze doesn't ski, so historically I skied by myself. It was OK, I go skiing, she makes quilts, but every now and then I'd be there, on the top, looking out over some absolutely majestic scene, almost weeping with the beauty of it, and there wasn't anybody to share it with. Quite by accident in a coffee shop line, I met the local OEC course instructor. One thing led to another, I took the course, reported to the mountain, learned to run a sled, passed the test and Bingo!, red coat/white cross. Instant gang! How wonderful! No more solo days! And best of all, now I point at one of the majestic vistas and there's a dude(ette) right next to me nodding assent that this is the greatest way to spend a day. Do it 7 Mary 3.

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post #7 of 12
I'm a member of the Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol (NSP). I joined for the training because I spend so much time where you're on your own to deal with problems (backcountry skiing and whitewater kayaking). The training was fantastic for emergency medicine, avalanche and mountaineering. A big benefit as I see it is long, in-depth training for very little cost. Even if you are volunteering, this is a tangible "payment".

Anyway, I'm patrolling again this year. It forces me out of bed and onto the mountain early in the morning!
post #8 of 12
This will be my 3rd year patrolling at Bogus Basin. Volley.

7M3 - are you still in Bozeman or did you migrate eastward?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 16, 2001 07:43 PM: Message edited 1 time, by dirtsqueezer ]</font>
post #9 of 12
11 years at Bousquet
post #10 of 12
Dirt, I migrated eastward one state. It is a sad lonely place here, but keeps me from throwing my education out the door. I just skied too much in Bozeman. There are harly even any hills here that one can build a kicker for a snowmo tow-in. I guess there is a small about an hour from here that a guy I met in Bozeman got training at. I figure I'll drive down there some weekend and talk to the patrol there to see what's up. I thought this place was supposed to be cold but I think its 70 degrees outside today! Thanks for the input guys!
post #11 of 12
7 Mary,

I have discouraged guys your age as well, not because it is a lot of work. At my small western ma. area, it is not a lot of work, just a fairly sizable time committment.

It is also not cheap. You have Dues to pay, gear to buy, normal ski gear not withstanding. For instance we use a Hardcorp jacket that is our responsibility to purchase. $225. Granted that will last for at least 5 years. The first aid course is 10 weeks or so long and may cost as much as $300 if not supplemented, or paid for by your patrol. It is just short of a DOL approved EMT basic course. In adition, you must "refresh" those first aid skills every year. The annual refresher covers approximately 1/3 of the course each fall. If you don't keep that current, you stand the chance of having to retake the full course.

I use this logic, you are still pursuing an education, likely have little money to spend on the "upkeep". And you really have no idea where you will end up in 5 years or so.

I suggest you do this. Follow Mikla's advice and contact the Division director for guidance.

Then find out who is the patrol director---oop's--- representative at that area 1 hr away and volunteer to shadow on a shift for the coming season. Understand that you won't be able to render any first aid, nor will you be able to transport anybody injured. The idea is to get involved and find out if you like the activities that will be required. The bonus is that you will have access to some VERY skilled skiers, many on hill clinics in ski skills and tobaggon training.

You have quite a few life goals to meet before you should consider becoming a ski patrol member.

Finish your education.

Begin your carreer, start a family, let the kids grow to ssskiing age.

Then consider becoming a ski patrol member and commit the time and resources necessary at that time.

(Edit) I forgot one very important thing for my crew at least! You fall on my shift, you buy a round! We will see you next year at the earliest!

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<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 17, 2001 09:15 PM: Message edited 1 time, by skier_j ]</font>
post #12 of 12
Have been a volunteer for 4 years at a smaller midwest hill, Ski Snowstar. Following in the footsteps of my Dad who volunteerd about 50,000 years ago.
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