Becoming a Mt. Spokane Ski Patroller is extremely demanding of your time and dedication. Your first year will be a serious time commitment and quite challenging at times. However, completing the program and earning a place on the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol will be life changing, with lifelong skills & friendships developed along the way.
HISTORY OF VOLUNTEERISM
The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol is one of the largest all-volunteer ski patrols in the nation. It is also one of the oldest patrols in the United States, having been formed as a charter member of the National Ski Patrol in 1938. Patrollers with the MSSP join over 30,000 other National Ski Patrol members serving over 600 ski resorts around the world. You can learn more about the National Ski Patrol at www.nsp.org.
The MSSP roster consists of over 150 patrollers, a unique group of “good Samaritans” from all walks of life dedicated to helping others in need of emergency medical care. The MSSP has alpine & telemark skiers, snowboarders, student patrollers, and non-skiing patrollers, plus a nordic patrol for Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area. Each patroller is assigned to a duty shift (typically one day per week, or one night per week, or both weekend days on every other weekend).
Our patrollers are trained to the highest standards set by the National Ski Patrol system. Each patroller must undergo over 120 hours of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-hill training for initial certification, plus annual refresher training sessions, and hands-on training throughout the season. Candidates who successfully complete training will join a duty shift for the remainder of the first season. At the end of the season, successful candidates will be voted onto the MSSP and become official members with full rights, benefits and privileges. After the first year, all patrollers must attend an annual medical refresher (one weekend in the fall) in addition to volunteering at least 16 hours at the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap, our primary fundraiser.
Candidates seeking to join the MSSP must successfully complete a three-part training program:
1. Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Classroom Training
This is the first aid emergency response aspect of a patroller’s training, and is a requirement for any member of the National Ski Patrol. The class entails 18 weeks of training (generally two nights per week) focusing on practical skills and hands-on scenarios. The level of OEC training/certification is equivalent to EMT-B training/certification.
2. OEC “On-The-Hill” Training
This training is conducted on the mountain on Saturdays and Sundays from the time Mt. Spokane opens until the Candidate Class demonstrates proficiency, usually early January. In this part of the training Candidates take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a wide variety of practical, real life situations on the hill. Here you will also learn Mountain Protocols.
3. Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) Training
OET Training teaches candidates skiing and toboggan handling skills required to safely transport injured skiers. Candidates must have strong skiing skills and be in good physical condition to complete this part of the training, but even small-framed patrollers can handle toboggans safely with proper technique.
In order to gain entry to our training program, candidates must be advanced to expert skiers or snowboarders, or currently hold qualifying medical certification such as EMT or higher. Candidates must be able to commit to the intense training schedule the first season, followed by commitment to a duty shift (either every other weekend, or one night or one day shift per week). We are looking for candidates who feel passionately about serving the community and becoming a part of our MSSP family who can commit to multiple years with us. Ages 15-18 are welcome to join our Ski Patrol Youth, or SPY program.
We have a special need for candidates who can commit to patrolling on a Monday or Tuesday shift. Other existing shifts may or may not have openings; if you can commit to a Monday or Tuesday shift and pass all training, you will receive a spot.
SKI TEST: February 29th, 2020
Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol holds ONE recruiting event per season – the Ski Test. This is your sole opportunity to demonstrate your skiing or snowboarding skills to our trainers, and if you pass, begin the path to becoming a Mt. Spokane Ski Patroller. We are considering advanced to expert skiers and riders who are comfortable in most inbounds terrain and can display the skills necessary to pull a toboggan. You must attend this test to be considered. There are no makeup days.
This is the only opportunity to be considered as an MSSP candidate for the 2020/2021 Season.
TO RSVP: Complete Step 1 & Step 2 located at the bottom of this page.
OUTDOOR EMERGENCY CARE CLASS
The OEC class takes place on Monday and Thursday evenings from April 13th to June 25th, and resumes September 3rd through October 17th. You MUST attend these classes.
Your first chairlift evacuation training takes place September 19th, attendance is mandatory. You must complete at least two chairlift evacuation trainings – the second opportunity is at the annual Refresher.
MSSP’s annual Refresher is scheduled for October 3rd & 4th, 2020. Attendance is mandatory.
Mt. SPOKANE SKI PATROL SKI SWAP
MSSP Ski Swap is scheduled for October 28th through November 1st, 2020. All candidates and patrollers must contribute a minimum of 16 hours at the Ski Swap during this time.
ON-HILL / OET Training
On-hill training begins November 28th and continues each weekend through the end of December or the first week of January, depending on weather conditions and class progression. Attendance is mandatory. After graduation of on-hill training, you will be allowed to join your normal patrol shift.