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A Day in the Life of a Silver Mountain Patroller


What a Ski Patroller Does

A ski patroller assists in the overall management of slopes, trails and base areas. They ski or snowboard through the area, ensuring that users are behaving responsibly, and providing first aid, rescue and transport to those who need help. Ski patrols are either volunteers or paid staff. Benefits include free skiing, training in first aid and emergency response, and the opportunity to improve skiing or snowboarding skills.

Medical First Response and Rescue

  • Respond to accidents
  • Assessment and treatment to injured or ill guests
  • Incident scene management
  • Transport of the injured or ill patient via toboggan
  • Accident investigation
  • Maintaining medical equipment and rescue gear
  • Providing dispatch service for emergencies
  • Mountain Search and Rescue

Safety and Maintenance

  • Ensure and promote mountain safety
  • Avalanche detonation and ski cutting
  • Assessing the condition of runs before opening
  • Maintaining the resort’s boundary rope lines
  • Clearing debris from the trails
  • Fixing broken signs and marking obstacles
  • “Sweeping” the mountain at the end of the day

Guest Relations

  • Routine patrolling of runs
  • Personal relations with guests
  • Educate guests in accident prevention and proper use of lifts
  • Guidance and advice for trail choices
  • Assist with Special Events
  • Assist Terrain Park Crew, Lift Maintenance and Snow Sports School as necessary
  • Improving ski skills… out skiing!

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