Join In - Membership Requirements


 

Joining the White Pass Ski Patrol

Our basic goal is to promote safe skiing practices and help the injured, sick, and lost guests of the White Pass Co. ski area. To accomplish this goal, White Pass Ski Patrollers have skills in outdoor emergency care (OEC), avalanche awareness, CPR & AED, chair-lift evaluation, mountain travel and rescue, and patient transport utilizing rescue toboggans.

Applications are always considered for new membership for alpine and nordic patrollers. Potential new members, applicants, are invited to ski with members of the patrol for the applicant screening program. An applicant's skiing and snowboard skills are evaluated during the applicant screening program. The applicant must successfully perform the skiing or snowboard skills as requested by the evaluator/s for acceptance into the White Pass Ski Patrol's (WPSP) Candidate program. Before acceptance into the general membership, the applicant must successfully complete the WPSP's candidate program and be approved by the WPSP board.

Currently active NSP alpine and nordic patrollers wishing to transfer to White Pass are required to participate in the applicant screening program. Successful transfer applicants are required to participate in an accelerated on-the-hill training program. Before acceptance into the general membership, the transferring patroller must successfully complete the WPSP's accelerated on-the-hill training program and be approved by the WPSP board.

Candidate Program

"All applicants accepted as candidates are required to register and pay dues as candidates before participating in any on-the-hill training." The Ski Patroller's Manual. NSP, 1997.

"All NSP candidates must successfully complete the Outdoor Emergency Care Course (either the full course, if the need complete emergency care training, or a challenge, if they have a current certification or license in medicine or emergency medical services). Candidate training in the NSP Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Course is parallel to emergency medical technician basic training (EMT-B); however, OEC is tailored to the special considerations of illness and emergencies that may occur in the outdoor environment." The Ski Patroller's Manual. NSP, 1997.

"All candidates must complete professional rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross, or the National Safety Council" The Ski Patroller's Manual. NSP, 1997. In addition, all White Pass Ski Patrol candidates must successfully complete Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) training from American Heart Association. This first-aid training is concentrated into five intensive weekends spanning the late Summer and early Fall and is conducted at White Pass.

White Pass Ski Patrol candidates must apprentice for one year. During that year, they are also required to successfully complete on-the-hill training, including ski/snowboard toboggan-handling.

A final evaluation of candidates is conducted before they are advanced to the patroller classification. "If the candidate has not met all of the national and local area requirements, he or she cannot be advanced to a patroller level. The patrol director has the option of terminating the candidates membership at the end of the ski season or re-registering the person as a candidate the following season." The Ski Patroller's Manual. NSP, 1997.

"By the end of candidate training and before starting actual patrolling, the member must have acquired a uniform conforming to the area policy, a vest or aid belt in which to carry emergency care supplies, and any other items required by the patrol " The Ski Patroller's Manual. NSP, 1997. At White Pass a patrol rescue pack is acceptable too. To maintain active status our patrollers are required to annually refresh their skills and to successfully fulfill the White Pass Company's Attendance Requirements.
Sign-up Requirements

Holiday shifts will be accredited in conjunction with minimum days per month requirements.
Alpine and Alpine-Candidate Patroller Sign-up Requirements.

* Each Patroller shall volunteer a minimum of 3 days per month (December through April).

* Each Patroller shall volunteer a minimum of 1 day during November (Granted ski area is open on or before Thanksgiving).

* Each Patroller shall volunteer a minimum of 3 holidays per year.

Nordic Patrollers

* Each Patroller shall volunteer a minimum of 2 days per month (December through April).

* Each Patroller shall volunteer a minimum of 3 holidays per year.



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