Thursday, March 15, 2007

ski patrol

So, you feel drawn to help your fellow man - without fear of getting shot at, or years of medical school. How about the ski patrol? All the resorts have 'em. To see if you've got what it takes, head to Beaver Creek on March 24 or 31.

"We’ll be evaluating each candidate’s abilities in a variety of conditions, including steeps, crud, and powder." said Beaver Creek Ski Patrol Director Addy McCord. "We’re looking for men and women with strong, solid abilities in all conditions, not just finesse."

The ski test includes a few runs taken in variable conditions and evaluated by four or five members of Beaver Creek’s current patrol team. Patrolers are hired in fall. If hired, you'll help open and close the mountain each day, provide emergency medical care, share and enforce skier responsibility, watch for avalanche hazard and do some blasting, and help skiers and riders.

Still interested? Call the ski patrol at (970) 845-6610. Reservations are required and should be made in advance of either test date.


Squirrel Murphy said...

Hey Ski Patrol Director Addy McCord, you can kiss my ass. Not on zis side, not on zat side, but right in the middle.

Anonymous said...

What time does the Chinese Downhill start?

Kendo Yamamoto said...

What the #$%@ is a Chinese downhill?

mark nelson said...

I'm just finishing up my 4th season as a pro patroller and let me say this, being able to ski the crud, the crap, the crust and anything else that no sane person would go out on is the most important part of the job.

Well, that and good medical skills.

Anyone can learn to ski pretty. Patrollers ski everything else!

Dena Rosenberry said...

We're thinking of sending a staffer up to the session. He's a good skier and seems to be pretty level-headed. Any other advice for him?

mark nelson said...

Not sure what they look for there, but most places are pretty similar. Know how to stay in control in all conditions and use the terrain to your advantage.

It's not about hot dogging. Control, being solid and confident in your skiing is what matters most.

Have solid medical skills. Most mountains are requiring EMT certs these days (they might not).

Be nice and get along with people. People skills are important.

Be a strong hiker/climber. There's usually a lot of that.

Harkin Banks said...

Mark Nelson is wrong. It is all about hot dogging.

The entry fee for the Chinese downhill is $40 per man - winner take all.