you need 6 months off hill EMT training that is specific to the types of incidents you;d see on a ski slope and a full season of on snow training, applying those techniques on the hill. then, you need to be a hard ass who looks down on progression and is fueled with hatetred towards any such progression when there are injuries in terrain parks, even on clearly marked features which have been used by 100's of other people with much joy. Once you;ve gotten that down, you're a bonified patroller who can reap all the benifits, including fence rolling, traffic control, graffiti on your patrol shack (fuck the kid who did that at sundown by the way, its gay looking) and finally, fixing broken people on powder days.
It depends on where you are and what type of patrolling you want to do. Generally full-timers at big ski areas have at least an EMT-basic cert. Some ski areas will hire first year patrollers with just an OEC cert., but you will get stuck doing crappy jobs and they will expect you to be enrolled in an EMT class.
Little ski areas are all over the place. I've heard of volunteer patrollers at small ski areas that are just First Responders and I know a doctor who had to get his OEC cert. just to volunteer at the local hill.
I would call the area you are interested in working at and ask them what they recommend or require. Or talk to someone who is currently on the patrol at the area and they will usually give you the honest low down.
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ya it depends were you want to be one like at my hill you have to take a coarse thats about a month long that basicly qualifys you as a emt and you have to be and out standing skier like you wouldent even beleive and you cant use one of those sleds to carry people down the hill untill your 18
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hey steave it's just a fat kid - family guy
fuck you _AT i am a college student and a part time patroller, some of my closest friends patrol full-time and - while both better skiers and better people than your sorry ass will ever hope to be - you can party with them one night, and i've also watched them deal professionally with fatally injured skiers. they aren't morons (read: don't pull passes except when absolutely necesary and logical), they love skiing (read: love progression) and well, hopefully they won't bother helping you if you whack YOUR head on an S-rail because clearly you don't have a brain worth saving. bitch.
Smokey, this is bowling, not Nam. There are Rules.
depends bigtime on where you go. I have patrolled the last 6 years in canada as part of the CSPS who patrol about 70% of the hills accross canada. the organization provides you with all nessesary training and you work as a volunteer (some of us are paid but that depends on what shifts you work) many of the larger Intrawest resorts here have 2 levels...juniors need an OEC course while majority of senior guys have EMT and significant Avy training. A few people I know patrolling in the states have similar levels varrying from volunteers trained by the patrol organization to OEC and EMTs. depends on what level and what hill your looking to work at.
Either way its a great experience...and some of the best people you could ever hope to ski with
CMc - *NSFD*
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