A ski patrol assists in the overall management of slopes, trails and base areas at ski operations, either alpine or cross-country. 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 volunteers. Benefits include free or reduced-rate access to ski areas, training in first aid and emergency response, and the opportunity to improve skiing or snowboarding skills.


  • Educate guests and staff in accident prevention, rules and regulations, and on proper use of equipment
  • Respond to accidents and participate in investigations
  • Maintain first aid hut, equipment and rescue gear
  • Monitor trails and slopes
  • Enforce policies, regulations and legislation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good general knowledge of ski area operations and terrain hazards
  • Competent skiers or boarders
  • Physical abilities
  • Ability to remain calm in emergencies
  • Strong communication, decision-making, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Emergency response and first aid experience an asset
  • Recreational leadership experience an asset
  • Secondary school diploma is preferred
  • Specialized training (e.g. Level 1 Avalanche, orienteering) is sometimes required
  • Knowledge of the Ski Patrol National Occupational Guidelines is an asset

Possible Future Career Paths

  • Instructor
  • Ski Patrol Supervisor
  • Ski Guide
  • Manager of Avalanche Control

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