Ski Patrolling is demanding. Blue Mountain Ski Patrol (BMSP) is a member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP) and serve as ambassadors for Blue Mountain Ski Resort.
The Patrol functions as a team. The ability to undertake the duty assigned ensures that we are successful in serving the skiing public. Skills over and above First Aid and Skiing are diplomacy, people skills, and team work. Patrolling can be fun and very rewarding knowing you have assisted with a guest misfortune. Sometimes we are appreciated, other times we are not. We enforce the skier’s code of conduct and Ski Area safety protocols. Diplomacy needs to prevail when safe snow sports policies are implemented.
The training to become a patroller is very comprehensive, and continues annually with refresher course, practice sessions and annual recertification’s.
The first year of patrolling will be your candidate year. This starts in June and will require one night of attendance a week (7:30-10:00pm) working on First Aid Training, Theoretical, and Practice Skills. There will be homework and self-study requirements. Blue Mountain Ski Patrol uses the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) manual produced by the National Ski Patrol. The OEC manual is equivalent to an EMT course, with an emphasis on outdoor emergency care. Ski patrollers respond to take care of an injured customer and efficiently get them safely into the Emergency Care System. Conditions can be adverse; therefore, we train in those conditions. Prior to the season candidates must pass a written examination. Classes are also held outside so a candidate gets ‘first hand’ experience and practice in snow and night conditions. A practical test involves simulated accidents. Candidates must pass both a written and practical examination to become a patroller. The passing level for the test is very strict, it has to be.
After the OEC test, training for Ski and Toboggan Skills begin. The skiing is to sharpen basic skills needed to handle toboggans, followed by ‘hands on’ toboggan training. When the candidate passes the Ski & Toboggan (S&T) test, they become a Basic Patroller. A candidate needs to pass the S&T training within two years.
Blue Mountain Ski Patrollers commit about 16 hours per week during the skiing season.
Applications but be completed by Friday, February 17th, 2023. Please use the link below to fill out your online application.
January 2, 2023 (Monday)
January 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
February 8, 2023 (Wednesday)
February 21, 2023 (Tuesday)
Please meet us at 5:30 at Valley Lodge by the bar and restrooms. You will need to sign in, complete a release in order to complete any of the on mountain portion of our application process (Under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign), and be ready to head to the slopes. If you need a lift ticket, one will be provided to you at that time.
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