Non-students interested in membership should contact us directly.
The process to become a patroller with the Dartmouth Ski Patrol (DSP) is competitive and challenging. We select those applicants who are most likely to succeed both as patrollers and as contributors to the team. You don't need to be the best skier on the mountain. You don't need to have the longest resume. A strong desire to succeed, grace under pressure, communication and teamwork skills, and/or the ability to work with your hands are all equally important. If you can see yourself as a patroller, you should apply - we will train you!
Patrolling Will Change Your Life
- Dartmouth Ski Patrol members respond to real emergencies.
- Members are personally responsible for rescue of persons with potentially life-altering injuries.
- Ski Patrol work involves inherent risk greater than that experienced by a recreational skier.
- Members must rapidly develop and maintain a high level of proficiency.
- Patrol membership entails a commitment similar to a varsity sport.
- A new member will spend hundreds of hours in challenging training.
- This is a four-year commmitment, no winters off.
- In a typical year, 75 applications are received; 15 will ultimately become patrollers.
- Attendance at Information Session
- Online Application
- Formal Interview and Initial Testing
- First Round Selections (~30 chosen)
- Fall Term Apprentice Classes
- Ski and Ride Skills Evaluation
- Practical Skills Evaluation
- Second Round Selections (15 chosen)
- Winter Term Shift Training
Selected applicants will be chosen for individual interviews and initial testing.
At each stage, results of interviews and testing are presented to the patrol director and Skiway Management for final approval.
A class will be provided during the fall term to prepare the applicant for the testing process, one night each week for 5 weeks, 2 hour sessions. All applicants will be required to obtain CPR certification at the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider level. CPR class of approximately 6 hours will be provided.
Dates and times for the preparation classes will be announced.
The applicant must have appropriate clothing and ski/snowboard equipment ready for inspection upon arrival at the Skiway.
Follow THIS LINK to the list of required equipment.
The testing process is designed to assess the applicant's ability to learn, retain, and perform skills, procedures, and physical tasks similar to those commonly required of a ski patroller. These tasks will require a level of physical fitness and strength. Test components may include:
- ability to perform CPR according to AHA standards
- ability to lift one end of a stretcher holding a weighted dummy
- ability to perform learned technical tasks under stress and physical exertion, i.e.
- assemble medical oxygen equipment
- tie simple knots
- written, verbal, or scenario-based knowledge verification
- Short, medium, and long radius turns.
- Sideslip (toe and heel side for snowboarders)
- Snowplow (skiers only)
- Emergency stop.
- Travel uphill (herringbone or sidestep)
- Travel on flat terrain (skate)
This training will assess their progress and prepare them for the "vest test" which will qualify them to be the first responder to an emergency call and to transport customers by toboggan. The vest test is administered in person by the patrol director, assistant director, or by other patrol alumni. The vest test requires the patroller to demonstrate the ability to respond alone and handle a typical injury scenario, and to demonstrate all knowledge and skills acquired over the past year.
Applications closed until next year!
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