Frequently Asked Questions - Public
Unparalleled camaraderie; special group rates on LifeFlight and Air St. Lukes membership, free season pass, exclusive access to patrol mountain facilities (Aid-room, Hideout, Lookout, Top of chair 3); secret powder stashes; discounts on equipment; exceptional training from skilled instructors; untracked snow; good food at a discount; exceptional esprit de corps; the opportunity to do something you really want and know you need to do.
There are fees, yes. The fees cover account/sign up wiht NSP, books and training materials, CPR and testing, amoung others. The OEC course registration, texts and CPR certification fees can total between $300 and $350 per candidate. These are one time fees. While the patrol makes no profit from these fees these are hard costs that are passed on to the applicant.
Each volunteer patroller contributes annual membership dues to the organization. Currently, the annual dues are $90.00. CPR re-certification may add $20.00 in alternating years.
At the ski patrol candidate level it is assumed that you are already a master of your equipment and outdoor clothing. To train on the mountain you will need solid, good quality snowboard or ski equipment that you typically use. Patrollers provide their own equipment. As a new ski patroller, you will need to acquire your own first-aid gear. The Ski Patrol replaces first-aid consumables for patrollers at no cost.
Every candidate patroller, after completion of the full training curricula, has the opportunity to be “voted on to the patrol” by the full general membership of the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol. Generally, a candidate will have met most of the members of the patrol over the course of the training season. With few exceptions, those that have successfully completed the training and demonstrated the commitment, passion, and desire to be part of the patrol are accepted and become Ski Patrollers. The only guarantee is that we will give you every opportunity to become a patroller. The real guarantee is inside of you!
OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care) training: 80 to 120 hours
On-the-Hill OEC Field training and Ski & Toboggan training: 160 to 200 hours
Annual OEC & Mountain refreshers: 30 hours
One full season (one year) elapsed time.
Class Training: During your candidate season you will invest a minimum of 100 hours of class and study time in the Outdoor Emergency Care course. The study portion will require self-discipline and a good deal of time reading and understanding the material to master the objectives. These classes are generally held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 PM. They run from Early April through June, although in 2016 we are offering a Fall OEC class that runs from Sept. to Dec.
On-the Hill Training: OEC Field training and Ski and toboggan training is on-the-hill and lasts an entire season. Generally, you will need to be on the Mountain every Saturday or Sunday at 7:30 AM. You will be involved in training and patrol activities through closing. We generally leave the mountain at around 5:00 to 5:30 PM after cleaning up the facilities. Classes are typically arranged to allow you a choice of Saturday or Sunday.
We are responsible to provide coverage of the mountain when it is open. This has worked out to be about 20 days per patroller for the last several years. In addition to the days on the mountain the patrol does first aid at a number of community events (bike races and other events) during the year. These events normally add 1 or 2 days per year for patrollers. The schedule is structured and requires your presence on the hill during assigned days. For flexibility, schedules permit patrollers to choose one of the following: A) Alternating full weekends B) every Saturday C) every Sunday -- over the course of the Season. While a structured “assignment” duty schedule is critical to properly staff the patrol there is flexibility. Conflicting obligations come up in life and a patroller merely need find a replacement patroller to stand in during his/her absence. Patrollers often swap scheduled days to accommodate personal matters.
No. That’s a real misperception of our role. The patrol’s primary mission is to foster mountain safety, provide aid and assistance to injured or lost patrons, and generally help people have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. However, the inappropriate and unsafe skier and rider behavior of the few can be a problem for the rest of the patrons. As a result of the Ski Patrol’s broad presence on the mountain, often, the Ski Patrol is called upon to monitor and mitigate the adverse impact of the few. Depending on the circumstances, experienced patrollers may be asked to intercept and escort such persons to Mountain Area Management for further action. Bogus Basin cannot condone improper behavior or conduct presenting a threat to the safety and welfare of guests.
S.W.A.P. is our acronym for Ski With A Patroller. You will be scheduled to spend at least one full day with one of our Senior Patrollers or a designee. On generally a Saturday or Sunday you will start the day in the patrol room at 7:30AM with the rest of the patrol. You will need to sign a waiver (parents or guardians must sign for minors) before we set out on the mountain. You will be provided a Patrol Observer vest to wear and will not require a pass for the day. The daily briefing starts at precisely 8AM and immediately after we file out to inspect and open the mountain. During the day your ski or rider skills are evaluated and we make an effort to expose you to as much patrol activities as possible. There is ample opportunity for discussion throughout the day. After we sweep and close appropriate sections of the mountain, we call it a day, review and set you free at around 5:30PM. S.W.A.P. participation is mandatory to be selected for training.
We appreciate your time in having read through these FAQs. Joining any of the Ski Patrols nationwide involves a strong work ethic and demands a significant personal effort. This is a big commitment and we want you to understand that up-front. The Patrol is not an elitist group; quite the contrary. We do, however, have a very responsible role and mission as we deal with scenarios that can be life threatening to patients. We train accordingly.