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Joining the Spirit Mountain Patrol


Thank you for your interest in joining the Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol

We are taking applications for Weekend and Day Shift Patrollers for the 2023/2024 ski season

Our Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Class, which is a mandatory requirement from the National Ski Patrol, will start in September

Information for Prospective Candidates

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining the Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol. We are a first responder organization serving the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area during the ski season from approximately mid November until March 31st. As a member of the National Ski Patrol System, we, along with 26,000 members, respond to the needs of the skiing/riding public. The ski patrol isn't an autonomous group, but rather a function of area management.

The first year is your candidate year and the time commitment can be very demanding. Candidates are required to take the 66 hour (OEC) Outdoor Emergency Care course which begins in late September and meets basically every Monday and Thursday evening until the end of November. Approximately 80-100 hours should be devoted to class time and outside reading. Upon completion of the OEC course hill training begins. Candidates are required to attend an on-the-hill orientation session where skiing and toboggan handling skills are introduced. Several evening training sessions are required and hill trainers are available on most every patrol shift to assist you with your skills and skill check-off card. A ski-along in March with the Hill Trainer Instructor of Record and Patrol Director formalizes your hill training and you advance to patroller status.

Costs for the candidate year are approximately $210.00, which includes patrol dues, required textbooks and the OEC course registration fee. NSP and SMP dues required in subsequent years. As a candidate you receive a season pass. Beginning with your second year you are offered discounted season passes for family members. Additionally, you will be invited to Pro Night sponsored by area ski shops where select new equipment is discounted to ski professionals.

Normal shift options are available to candidates. Weekdays are split between Day and Evenings. Weekend patrollers patrol every third weekend for one half of the day and a random weeknight every three weeks.

In addition to Alpine/Snowboard Patrol, we also have a Nordic Patrol and during the spring, summer and fall months we have a Bike Patrol.

If you would like additional information about joining this premier rescue organization please check out the National Ski Patrol web site at or contact Cindy Cerio or Todd Heggestad.

Thank you again for your interest.

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