much does it cost to be a ski patroller?
Many of the costs
related to being a ski patroller are only startup costs.
These can vary greatly depending upon what exactly you want/how much
you are willing to spend.
Registration (once per year): $51
OEC : $125
Fanny Pack: $80 or Backpack $130
Pack Contents: $40
Patrol Vest: $80-120 or Patrol Jacket $200
All-Session Season Pass (once per year): $400-525
are the benefits?
As a ski patroller,
there are many compensations for the volunteer work that is
provided. For people outside the medical field, there is the
insight into a new career and background knowledge that is applicable
in almost every situation. For developing skiers, there are
free lessons provided on Sundays for S&T. As a
patroller, you will gain several close friendships within the patrol,
as well as the knowledge that what you do really has a significant
positive impact on people's lives.
Actual Monetary benefits include:
Discounted Equipment, Lunch Ticket, Complimentary Lift Ticket for
family with each session signed-ins
Weekday Staff receives hourly compensation in place of Lunch Ticket.
much time does it require?
With ski patrol, as
any other activity, what you put in is what you get out. The
time requirements are much greater initially than once you have
established yourself within the system. OEC takes about
80-100 classroom hours to complete, with extra time for homework and
studying. Ski and Toboggan typically takes about 150 training
hours to complete. After you have achieved OEC certification,
the only truly required amount of time is 80 hours per season to remain
in good standing. This is achieved by patrolling on your
"duty weekends", which occur about every 3rd weekend. Every
other duty weekend you are you, you are expected to do a night
shift. This way, each person on the patrol only has to do a
night session once every 6 weeks.
have medical credentials, do I still need to take Outdoor Emergency
It is possible to
challenge OEC. To do this you will need at least EMT-Basic
credentials. People challenging OEC do their challenge on the
same day that people in the class take their final test.
Things to consider when deciding whether or not to challenge OEC:
-You may only challenge OEC once, if you fail, you have to take the
course before a retest.
-You must score 5 points higher on the written section than the
students who took the class are required to.
-As a patroller, OEC is the protocol you will be following.
If you decide to challenge, you should be familiar enough with OEC that
you feel comfortable in knowing exactly what you can and cannot do
under this protocol.
I patrol without ever passing the Ski and Toboggan (S&T)
Test?/What if I never pass the S&T Test?
The S&T test
is a very selective and difficult test at Cataloochee. It
usually takes, at the very least, a full season to complete the
training for. At the end of your training you will be a much
more competent and aware skier. However, this route is not
for everyone. If you feel like you would be more comfortable
operating solely in a medical capacity, not running toboggans, then
there is a position just for you. The Auxiliary credential
acknowledges an individual's established position in the patrol,
differentiating them from the candidates, but limits their powers on
the hill to medical assistance (i.e. they cannot do toboggan
work). There are ways to advance within the Auxiliary branch,
including Senior Auxiliary.