Volunteer Patrol & Aid Room
Welcome to the application process. Below is an overview of the steps involved in joining the Mt Baker volunteer patrol.
DECEMBER – SKI CHECK
All Candidates will run through a half day where we ski together so that we can assess ability. Skiing ability is an important criterion before you can move on to the next step. You will pick up your ticket in the morning and get some runs in without us, then we will meet outside the Heather Meadows Aidroom right after lunch. We ski in the afternoon first with some fun runs, we might make specific suggestions to you on what we are looking for, then we make some evaluation runs. If you demonstrate good form/technique with strong ability, then you will start in with the shadow days in January.
JANUARY THROUGH APRIL – SHADOW DAYS
Our process is that we have 6 days of shadowing on the hill. You get to choose your days (but limited to Saturday or Sunday during these months). It includes being a part of the morning briefing and shadowing a patroller on their duties. This gives you a chance to become more familiar with the ski area, patrol duties, rope lines, radio protocol, etc. You will finish up the day helping with sweep when we close the lifts. There is a sign off sheet that will help track your status in getting to know the ski area.
FEBRUARY – TOBOGGAN TRAINING DAYS
We have 4 days of toboggan training. They are on consecutive weekends in February. You will learn the techniques for proper toboggan handling and getting an injured customer safely off the hill to the aid room.
NEXT FALL – OUTDOOR EMERGENCY CARE (OEC)
OEC is a requirement of the National Ski Patrol. It is a medical course that we offer in the Fall of every year. It runs from early September to Mid-November, one night per week and every other Saturday. If you have your EMT, it is possible to challenge the course.
VOLUNTEER AID ROOM
For questions about Mt. Baker Volunteer Aid Room, please contact [email protected]