We are the people who work to keep the public safe on the mountain.
During ski season, you will find us patrolling the mountain from open to close, seven days a week. Regardless of conditions, we are out on the hill inspecting equipment, checking snow and grooming conditions, looking for hazards, helping injured patrons, and promoting safe skiing and riding.
All of our Patrollers are members of the National Ski Patrol. We receive extensive training in Outdoor Emergency Care, a specialized form of First Aid similar to Emergency Medical Technician training, but with special emphasis on outdoor sports injuries. Many of our Patrollers are also certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Nurses, or Doctors.
Our First Aid Room, located next to the Main Lodge, is open whenever the mountain is open to the public. Anyone with an injury should go to the First Aid Room for medical care.
Our Ski Patrol opens the mountain every morning by riding and inspecting each lift. We ski or snowmobile all trails before opening them to customers. We check for snow and grooming conditions as well as for any hazards that may be present.
Once the mountain is open to the public, we spend the morning training and working on mountain improvements.
Since it is essential that we are always prepared for any incident that could occur on the mountain, we commit several hours a day to checking and maintaining on-hill and First Aid Room equipment, and to reviewing and improving emergency plans and procedures.
We also inspect the lifts and trails throughout the day, promoting safe skiing and riding along the way.
ROBERT WRIGHT - PATROL DIRECTOR
Bob Wright has been with the Pats Peak Ski Patrol since 1982 when he joined as a volunteer. Bob worked weekends and holidays for many years, and introduced his two children to the sport of skiing and the excitement of patrolling. Both his children followed in his footsteps to become Patrollers as well. Keeping the family tradition his grand daughter also patrols with the family. In 1999, Bob became the Pats Peak Ski Patrol Director. He teaches OEC courses, as well as CPR to the Patrol and to his hometown of Washington, where he is the Captain of the local Rescue Squad.
2014-2015 PATS PEAK SKI PATROL TEAM
This is a combination of paid, volunteers and students. We are very fortunate to have such a large group and feel that we have a great deal of friendship and respect for one another. As always in life, new opportunities arise, which take our members to different jobs, towns or lifestyles. Therefore, we are always looking for new recruits to join our team.
Our Ski Patrol is comprised of paid, volunteer, and young adult patroller positions. If you are interested in applying for a position with the Ski Patrol, please email First_Aid@patspeak.com.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) is the medical curriculum that every ski patroller must attain in order to join National Ski Patrol (NSP) and patrol here at Pats Peak.
Outdoor Emergency Care is a specific level of training unique to the National Ski Patrol. OEC training classes are offered each Fall, either at Pats Peak or at a neighboring ski area. We will host the course this Fall 2015. The course runs for approximately 16 weeks, and is followed by a written and practical exam. If you are interested in taking our OEC Course, please fill out the OEC Course Application and it must be mailed along with your check for $250, whic includes all books and testing fees. See the sample OEC course syllabus for additional information.
For those with a medical background, such as EMTs, Registered Nurses or Doctors, National Ski Patrol will allow you to challenge the exam. The testing fee is $60. We require several weeks of study before challenging the exam as the care, although much the same as that performed by EMTs, is specific to ski patrolling, and our conditions and equipment are unusual for most EMS workers. The best way to prepare for the challenge exam is to attend some fall OEC classes and ski with us for a few weeks during the season and train on the hill with our Patrollers. We conduct training at specific times so be sure to check with us in advance.
- What is the time commitment like for the OEC Course to become a Pats Peak Ski Patroller?
Pre-Season: 20 Sundays and 3 Saturdays of OEC from August to December (160 hours of classroom + testing, as well as at home study time.)
In-Season: At least 100 on hill hours to complete the “On-Hill Candidate Booklet”
128 hour per season commitment to receive full benefits.
- Are there any financial obligations?
Annual National Ski Patrol dues ($82)
Patroller Jacket (costs vary)
OEC class cost ($250)
Medical pack (backpack/lumbar pack of your choice)
- Can I patrol on a snowboard?
- I have patrolled on other mountains… do I still need to take OEC?
If your OEC is current, you do not need to take OEC again.
- How strong do my skiing skills need to be?
We can strengthen your skiing skills, it’s helpful to have a strong skiing ability though.
What’s the Next Step?
- Contact Pats Peak Ski Patrol to let them know you are interested.
- Attend the OEC Class in the Fall.
- Join National Ski Patrol - www.nsp.org.
- Put in as many hours as possible next season as a Candidate Patroller to earn your jacket. You will need to practice and demonstrate a number of skills and learn protocols specific to our mountain before you can wear the jacket and white cross of a National Ski Patroller. These skills include skiing/boarding mastery, toboggan handling and other on-hill procedures.
- Have fun and enjoy! You will be among the best-trained patrollers in the Country!
We are always looking for paid and volunteer Patrollers to join our team. Though we have only limited paid positions available, we are always looking for more volunteers. Please take the time to read the information below.
Before taking your OEC final exam or any on-hill training, you must join the National Ski Patrol and pay the annual dues.
If you join too late to take the OEC Course, you may ski with us and train throughout the season as a Candidate. In the fall you can take the OEC course and become a full Patroller and wear the jacket and white cross of a National Ski Patroller once your checklist is complete.
Patrollers provide their own jackets and first aid belts or backpacks. We provide guidance in the selection of these items, and supply the regular equipment you will need to carry in your pack. Patroller discounts on ski equipment and supplies are available to you as a member of our Patrol. You also receive discounts in the Pats Peak Ski Shop, Cafeteria, and Sled Pub.
Our annual requirements are a minimum of 128 hours per year to remain active in the Patrol and obtain benefits. If you want a family season pass, you must commit to 4 weekend days a month in January, February, and March and prorated time for December depending on when the mountain opens, or other scheduled time of equal duration.
Patrollers are not required to sign up for night duty but are encouraged to do so. If you are unable to patrol the 128 hours annually, we have a special program which allows you to patrol 10 full day shifts without benefits except for your own free skiing.
Weekday afternoon and evenings are extremely busy as we have over 8,000 young people participate in our after school programs. As a result of this busy weekday schedule, we are always looking for afternoon and evening volunteers.
There is also a great need for volunteers on the weekends.
Supervisors or Senior Patrollers are always available to provide training, answer questions, help out or give guidance.
Young Adult Patrollers are young adults 15 through 18. See Young Adult Patrollers section for additional information.
We are a small family oriented mountain with a great staff and excellent equipment. We look forward to having you join our team.
PATS PEAK SKI PATROL BENEFITS
Free skiing & rentals at Pats Peak
(1) free ski pass a week for friends & family
Free skiing & rentals for immediate family
Retail Discounts *
Free daycare & nursery +
Clothing allowance (jacket or ski pant every other year after first year)
Free Locker room use #
Paid NSP Dues
Free ski lessons
Free binding checks and monthly sharpen and wax
Additional compensation for Senior Patrollers and Nationally Registered EMT
Free skiing at Pats Peak
Season passes for family (must patrol at least 128 hrs previous season)
(2) Free ski passes a month for friends & family (must volunteer 4 days a month)
Retail Discounts *
Free daycare & nursery #
Free Locker room use +
Hours spent taking Senior Clinics or Senior Exam count towards season totals
Additional free passes for friends and family according to time spent patrolling in
excess of 4 days per month.
Free Ski Patrol dues after 10 years service to Pats Peak (must patrol at least 128
hours previous season).
Free Ski Patrol dues after 7 years if Senior Patroller (must patrol at least 128
hours previous season).
Free ski tuning every 64 volunteer hours.
* See Patrol Director for details
+ As space permits
# When open
PATS PEAK SKI PATROL APPLICATION (PAID, VOLUNTEER, AND STUDENT PATROL)
At 15 years old, you can become a Young Adult Patroller. Young Adult Patroller is an age group only and does not determine the level of patrolling you do. Young Adult Patrollers who have taken the OEC course and completed their on-hill checklist just like an Adult Patroller can do what the adults do with the exception of operating machinery such as our power drill, snowmobile or act as a temporary lift operator.
Young Adult Patrollers receive extra training from our Young Adult Patroller Advisor and from seminars held around NH at various ski areas on OEC skills, skiing and riding, and toboggan handling. They also have an opportunity to attend a three-day Division Young Adult Patroller Seminar held somewhere in the North East. Each season is hosted by a different ski area, which allows the Young Adult Patrollers to experience a variety of terrain.
Our Young Adult Patrollers have become Outstanding Patrollers in the past. Since 1991 Pats Peak has had the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Award in the country many times and the runner-up several times also.
Check out our Young Adult Patroller program on New Hampshire Chronicle!
National Ski Patrol website
New Hampshire National Ski Patrol website
Pats Peak Employee website
People enjoy skiing in many ways, using alpine, snowboard, telemark, nordic gear, and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled skiers. Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please observe the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a great skiing and riding experience.