Joining the Little Switzerland Ski Patrol is easy! You start by taking the required Outdoor Emergency Care course. This course is offered each year and begins late summer and continues into the fall. Navigate to our contact us page and enter the necessary information and submit that form. Please indicate in the comments box that you are interested in the ski patrol and we will contact you.

Requirements for becoming a Little Switzerland Ski Patroller:

  1. You must be a member of the National Ski Patrol and pay the annual membership dues.

  2. You must be at least 16 years old.

  3. Complete and pass the National Ski Patrol's Outdoor Emergency Care Course (OEC). This course is offered through our patrol . A typical OEC class begins late summer and ends right before the season opens.

    THE TECHNIQUES YOU LEARN IN THIS CLASS ARE USEABLE IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND COULD SAVE THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE.

    The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors. There is no charge for the teaching of the class, however there is a charge for the required textbooks, supplies, and National course fees.

  4. Complete a Professional Healthcare CPR course. This course is again provided through our patrol. This is a 6 to 8 hour class that will be taught sometime during the OEC class schedule. There is a nominal class fee, usually less than $20. This fee is for a textbook, CPR training equipment, and American Heart Association registration fees.

  5. Attend the Little Switzerland Annual Patroller Training and Meeting weekend. This is held on a weekend in the fall. During this weekend, you will meet and train with most of the patrol members.

  6. For your safety, we recommend that all patrollers be vaccinated against Hepatitis-B. Many people are already vaccinated, however if you are not, you can obtain this through your doctor or your local healthcare provider.

  7. Purchase an approved patrol coat/vest and butt pack.

  8. Attend on-hill training classes that develop skiing/riding skills as well as toboggan handling skills for patient transport.

  9. During that first season as a candidate you will be required to patrol for a minimum of 1 four hour shift per week, plus your training night.

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