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National Ski Patrol Recruiting for Tahoe and the Central Sierra

If you visited our NSP recruiting booth at the various Northern California Ski Shows, thanks for stopping by!   For general information and FAQs about joining the National Ski Patrol, please see the bottom of this web page.

The following tables summarize National Ski Patrol Candidate Openings at Lake Tahoe and Central Sierra Alpine and Nordic resorts. These resorts are members of the National Ski Patrol Eastern Sierra Region and Mother Lode Region.  We do our best to keep this site up to date.  Most of our resorts have a ski patrol website, linked below under the Resort Name.  These websites may have more detail on how to apply, list ski testing and training requirements, include write-ups on the "rewards of patrolling", etc.  To express your interest in patrolling at a particular resort, please e-mail the NSP Contact by clicking on their Name below.

 “Candidate Openings” Abbreviations – Please see details below the table.  (E.G. “2017” = No openings for the 2016/2017 ski season.)

Alpine Resort Name

NSP Contact

Candidate Openings

Alpine Meadows

Don Boss, Patrol Rep

2017, Doctor Patrol, Skiers, Sr Only Xfers

Badger Pass, Yosemite*  

OPEN

2017, Aux, OEC-B, Skiers/Riders

Bear Valley Ski Resort

Kevin Lawrence, Recruiter

2016, Aux/Host/Doc, OEC-A, Skiers/Riders

Boreal

Mark Webster, Patrol Rep

2016, Skiers/Riders

China Peak (fka Sierra Summit)

Randy Baerg, Patrol Rep

2016, Aux, Skiers/Riders

 Diamond Peak

Drew Oliphant, Patrol Rep or Jim Cheng, Patrol Register

2016, Aux, Skiers/Riders

Dodge Ridge

Bill Borelli, Asst. Patrol Rep

2016, Aux, OEC-B, Skiers/Riders

Donner Ski Ranch

Keith Romig, OEC & Recruiting

2016, Aux, Skiers/Riders

Heavenly

Keith Neergaard, Patrol Rep

2018, OEC-B, Skiers

Homewood

Recruiting -  Loretta OBrien, Patrol Rep

2017, OEC-B, Skiers/Riders

Kirkwood

Dore Bietz , Patrol Rep

2016, Skiers, Xfers Need Not Be Senior

Mt. Rose*

NSP Candidate Inquires

2016, Skier/Riders

Northstar

Michael Fanelli, Patrol Rep

2016, Host, Fastrack for EMTs & Nurses, Skiers/Riders

Sierra-at-Tahoe

Doug Coatney, Recruiting Advisor

2016, Aux/Host/Doc, Skiers/Riders

Sky Tavern*

Jennifer Bryan, Patrol Rep

2016, Skiers/Riders

Soda Springs

Kevin Rautenstrauch, Patrol Rep

2016, Aux, Skiers/Riders

Squaw Valley

Mark Piersante, Patrol Rep

2017, Skiers, Sr Only Xfers

Sugar Bowl

Peter Lin, Public Relations Rep

2016, Aux (Medic or higher only)/Host/Doc/ Skiers/Riders

Tahoe Donner Alpine

 Derek Koonce, Patrol Rep

2016, Skiers/Riders

 

 

Nordic Resort Names

NSP Contact

Candidate Openings

Bear Valley X-C

-       -

Not patrolled by the NSP.

Lake Alpine Nordic

Charles Schafer, Patrol Rep

2016, Nordic

Pinecrest Nordic

Keith Gale, Patrol Rep

2016, OEC-A, Nordic & Snowshoe

Royal Gorge

-       -

Not patrolled by the NSP.

Tahoe Backcountry

Roger Yang, Patrol Rep

2016, Nordic

Tahoe Donner Nordic*

Jerry Milana, Patrol Rep

2016, OEC-B, Nordic

TahoeXC Cross Country*

-          -

Not patrolled by the NSP.

* Resort Website… Sorry, no Patrol Website

 

CANDIDATE OPENING NOTES:                

2016/2017 – Resorts showing “2016” may still be accepting new candidates at the beginning of this ski season.  Please check with the NSP contact ASAP.  Resorts showing “2017” typically fill their candidate openings during the winter and spring, for the following year candidate class.                 

Auxiliary/Host/Doctor – If one of these words is listed, it describes these program are available in addition to traditional NSP openings.  For example, some resorts offer a ski patrol “Auxiliary” program, where the patroller is fully trained in Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), but not Outdoor Emergency Transport (OET).  This classification may be used for Doctors, Nurses or patrollers still working on their skiing and sled handling skills.  Some resorts offer a Ski “Host” program, sometimes called Mountain Safety Volunteer Guides.  Ski Host duties may include administrative work in the clinic, speed control work in congested areas, guest information services, etc., and does not require OEC training or advanced skiing and sled handling skills.  This program does require “First Responder” First Aid skills… usually about 15 hours of training.  Ski Hosts usually have a uniform which is different than the ski patrol.  More information is usually listed on the Resort NSP Website.  NOTE… Some resorts offer paid “Host” employment positions (e.g. Squaw/Alpine), which are not managed by the NSP, or resort Pro Patrol.  These “Ski Hosts” are typically not trained in First Aid.  Their responsibility is primarily targeted at Customer Satisfaction.  For these positions, please see the resort employment web page.

OEC-B/OEC-A – This describes OEC requirements.  Some resorts require the candidate to complete their Outdoor Emergency Care training BEFORE the start of their candidate year (“OEC-B”).  Other resorts prefer candidates to complete their first year of candidate training, than take their OEC training AFTER their candidate year (“OEC-A”).  After the OEC training, the resort will test the candidates OEC skills before they are signed off as patrollers and get their red jacket.  Some resorts allow OEC to be taken EITHER before or after the candidate year.  In these cases, there is no OEC note in the above table.

Skiers/Riders - Some resorts (labeled “Skiers”) do not have terrain which allows snowboarders to perform ski patrol duties.  For example, patrollers may need to drag sleds across long flat areas on the way to the base area.  For resorts which require skiing only, this includes both alpine and telemark skis.  Resorts where both skiers and riders can perform ski patrol duties are labeled “Skiers/Riders”. 

Transfers – For members of the National Ski Patrol in good standing, who wish to transfer to another resort, these transfers are typically accepted with a recommendation from their previous Patrol Director.  Typically, OEC, skiing, toboggan proficiency and mountain knowledge evaluations are conducted before the transferee is allowed to patrol.  Transferees shadow experienced patrollers until they are familiar with the mountain and terrain, and are required to attend fall refresher and perhaps other early season training.

In the case where Transferee are required to hold “Senior” status or commit to complete the NSP Senior Program within 2 years, the note “Sr Only Xfers” is shown.                           

 

NSP GENERAL INFORMATION & FAQs            

OTHER WEB SITES:

This website has a great summary on joining the ski patrol.

These websites have additional National Ski Patrol information:  Eastern Sierra Region,  Mother Lode Region,  and  Far West Division.                  

PAID SKI PATROL:  If you are interested in paid ski patrol work, check out the resort "employment" website, or contact the National Ski Patrol "Patrol Rep" listed above.  They will put you in touch with the Pro Patrol Director.

CAN YOU PATROL AT MULTIPLE RESORTS:  One common question asked about joining the ski patrol is, "Can I patrol at multiple resorts!"  The answer is "Not really!"  To become a member of the ski patrol at any resort, you need both medical training (Outdoor Emergency Care) and at least one year of "Candidate Training".  This Candidate Training involves learning resort run names, specific resort protocol and radio usage/protocol.  Once you pass this training and become a member of your resort patrol, you are required to patrol approximately 14 days each season.  Outside these days, if you care to visit other resorts, you can arrange visits, and possibly free or discounted ski passes, through your patrol director.  You may want to shadow patrollers at other resorts or free ski.  Your patrol director can provide more details.  A very small number of patrollers, who have plenty of time on their hands, and/or enjoy corporate travel as part of their “day job”, may elect to go through a candidate program at a second resort, learning the protocol at that resort, and then patrol at two resorts, meeting the minimum days requirement for both resorts. I believe the un-official record for longest commute to ski patrol is held by a Squaw Valley patroller who lives in Sydney, Australia, works for a Silicon Valley high-tech firm, and also patrols at Mt. Buller, Victoria, Australia.