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Thank you for your interest in the Bittersweet Ski Patrol. There are two main areas of training for new patrol candidates: the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course, and also the ski/board skills and toboggan skills (hill training).
The Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course is currently a 14-week course taught from early August to November. The course meets Mondays and Thursdays each week from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, plus a few Saturdays and Sundays. The course is a lot of fun and a great learning experience, but you must understand that it requires a great deal of time and effort, equivalent to a 4-hour credit college course. The textbook, Outdoor Emergency Care 5th Edition is published by Brady, which is a whopping 1,263 pages. Most candidates spend two hundred hours between classroom, study sessions, midterm and final exam. The great majority of candidates who put in the time do pass the course, but please do not underestimate the time commitment. Another perk is that individuals are expected to help out with fundraisers. This is always a lot of fun - it's what you make it.
Candidates who pass the OEC course and pay national dues (currently $64 per year), will become a Ski Patroller in the National Ski Patrol and are eligible to belong to the Bittersweet patrol. Those who then complete hill training become an Alpine Ski Patroller. While all patrollers are members of the National Ski Patrol, we function as agents of Bittersweet, under the direction of the ski area management.
Still interested? If so, please fill out the information form in the red three ring binder / notebook in the patrol room entitled "New Candidates Log Book". You will be contacted in late June. It is essential that we have complete and permanent information for you; we have to be able to read your writing. Our preferred means to reach you is by email. We will not contact you if all we have is a phone number or cannot read your writing. If you think your current information is likely to change by June, email us your updated information here.
Being on ski patrol is a valuable service to the snow sports public, a great way to hang out with fine people who are as excited about snow sports as you are, and a much better way to spend the winter than growing roots in front of the TV. We look forward to seeing you in the summer and on the hill! If you have further questions, ask any of the patrollers you meet on the hill or in the patrol room. Your acts of generosity and kindness will make the world a kinder, gentler place because of your participation.
Our community needs your support and we look forward to you signing up in Bittersweet's Ski Patrol room. Or you can contact us by email here.
Take care and be safe-
Bittersweet Ski & Snowboard Patrol