If you're a current high school student and have a solid foundation in skiing or boarding, consider joining the Cypress Junior Ski Patrol Program! It's a volunteer program that gives you an introduction to ski patrolling, through hands-on experience on the mountain working alongside certified patrollers.
You learn everything from practical first aid, how to take weather readings, to safely transport people in a sled and rappel from lifts by yourself. You're skiing with your friends while getting volunteer hours! Best of all, you get a free seasons pass, discounts for food, and skip loooong lift lines when you're on duty. Once the program is over usually around 3, you're free to ski the mountain all you want. At the end of the season our group had a backcountry booter-sesh, where we brought up BBQ's and had a sick party with all the patrollers.
This year there is a 100 hour commitment required, but that's through the entire season. (Generally this adds up to about 2 weekends a month). I did it two years ago, and it was a really awesome experience where I learned a lot of useful skills and gained the confidence to act calmly in emergency situations. I even used it at Grouse when a kid in front of me broke his collarbone and I helped ski patrol there package him and transport him out, so it's a great skill set to have.
If you're interested, Fax
in an application form (available here: http://cypressmountain.com/employment)
attn'd to Annelie @ Junior Ski Patrol. When you make the position selection, check Ski/Board Patrol, cross it out and underneath write Junior Ski Patrol. The application is due November 5th
so get on it. Hope to shred some pow with you guys this year!