Thank you for your interest in joining the Boreal National Ski Patrol! We are certain you have many questions and we hope to answer them below.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE BOREAL NATIONAL SKI PATROL?
Before you can join, you must complete the following requirements:
- Complete a CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross,
- Complete an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course or have an EMT or higher level of medical training,
- Complete a Ski/Snowboard Check with one of our S&T Instructors demonstrating you are an advanced skier/boarder able to ski all terrain in any condition at Boreal,
- Complete a minimum of 10 days toboggan training, and
- Pass the Basic Patroller evaluation.
Don't worry if this list seems daunting. We will guide you through the process every step of the way.
BUT, I AM ALREADY AN EMT, PARAMEDIC, NURSE, OR DOCTOR? DO I STILL NEED TO TAKE OEC?
No. Based on your medical training, we have a challenge test or we waive the OEC requirement all together. Regardless of your medical training, you mush have a current CPR/AED card, complete the toboggan training, and pass the Basic Patroller Evaluation.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP IF I AM INTERESTED?
The first step is to let us know you are interested by going to our CONTACT US page and leaving your name and contact information. We will get back with you to answer any of your questions and work with you to become a NSP patroller.
WHAT COMMITMENT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
Members are expected to commit to a minimum of 10 days of patrolling, plus a 1 day OEC Refresher, plus a 1 day On-The-Hill Refresher each year for a total of 12 days. Day shifts starts at 8:15 AM and end after sweep around 4:30 PM. Night shifts begin at 3:00 PM and end around 10:00 PM after the hill is closed. All shifts include a 1/2 hour lunch break.
DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY OWN UNIFORM?
Yes. Our patrol uniform is a the red/black patrol jacket or vest and black pants. If you decide to use a patrol vest, your jacket must be black. Vests and jackets can be purchased from the National Ski Patrol online catalog.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE?
Members need to provide their own ski and snowboard equipment. As a member, you are entitled to "Pro" deals available through the National Ski Patrol website. Most major brands provide attractive discounts on skis, boards, boots, pools, jackets, goggles, gloves, and other ski & snowboard accessories. You may even find discounts on cars and bikes.
Patrollers initially need to provide a fully stocked patrol belt/vest with medical supplies. As supplies get used, you will be able to re-stock from the first aid room supplies. Medical supplies do not include equipment such as: trauma packs, O2, or backboards.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE ON THE PATROL?
You will be required to pay annual dues to National, Division, Regional, and the Patrol. For the 2017/18 season, National, Division, & Regional Dues were a combined total of $74. This amount is subject to change at the beginning of each ski season.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL SKI PATROL?
Go to www.nsp.org for information.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK BY GOING TO THE "CONTACT US" PAGE.
We look forward to seeing you on the hill!!