Ski patrol courses – become an elite first responder

Take your career to the next level & save lives on the slopes

It’s hard to imagine a job that gets much more exciting than Ski Patrol. Responsibility, urgency, a need for calmness under pressure – not to mention the physical challenge – makes this a career that’s not to be taken lightly. Having said that, you’ll be working in some of the most amazing landscapes imaginable, and as a first responder, you’ll be doing one of the most rewarding jobs there is – saving lives.

Our unique, all-inclusive Ski Patrol Courses provide all the skills and practical experience necessary to work in emergency response as a ski patroller anywhere in the world.

All required Ski Patrol qualifications

  • Patroller Training Program Certificate (Peak)
  • Non-Urban Occupational First Aid 3 (NUOFA 3 – Peak)
  • Occupational First Aid Level-3 (OFA Level-3 – WorkSafe BC)
  • CPR Level C for Healthcare Providers (CPR HCP – Heart & Stroke Foundation)
  • Non-Urban Cardiac Arrest Management: AED Protocol (NUCAM – Peak)
  • Advanced Protocol Training Program (Peak)
  • Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (Canadian Avalanche Association)

What you’ll get

Everything organised for you
We sort out all the logistics, so you can concentrate on just enjoying the course. Ticket includes flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, training exams and season lift pass.

Training from the best
Our Patroller Training Courses are provided with Peak Emergency Response Training and endorsed by the Canada West Ski Area Association. Peak has been delivering emergency response and management training for professional ski patrollers, search & rescue personnel, CAT and heli-ski guides since 1998.

12 days Ski Patrol mentoring
The Ski Patrol Training programme includes 12 days mentoring with the Patrollers and Avalanche Technicians in resort. So not only will you be familiar with the theory – you’ll have chance to put your knowledge to the test, and get invaluable insight and advice from seasoned vets.

Specialist equipment and reading materials
Reading materials are included and specialist equipment is provided for all course modules.

Level of expertise that exceeds most other first responder training
Our training programs provide the necessary skills and knowledge to efficiently manage incidents and administer patient care in situ – the low temperatures, rugged terrain and remoteness of the backcountry.

Mountain activities bring recreation enthusiasts to outdoor and remote locations, where the advanced pre-hospital care provided by paramedics may not accessible, or their response time significantly delayed. Our Patroller Training Programmes bridge the gap between incidents and pre-hospital care, saving critical time by assessing and providing medical response to patients in immediate need of intervention.

40 hours of tuition per week
The variety of modules and courses throughout the programme vary in length, from half-days to 11 or 12 days. On average you will receive 40 hours of tuition per week.

At the end of the programme, you’ll be qualified to work with Panorama Ski Patrol as a volunteer.

Be ultra-employable – combine Ski Patrol with an internationally-recognised Ski or Snowboard Instructor Course

Choose an extended 11 week or 16 week course, and you can gain a CASI Snowboard Instructor qualification or CSIA Ski Instructor qualification to add to your CV. Instructors have to be patient, dedicated and great with people – all skills which are just as, if not more vital, when working with Ski Patrol.

Likewise, when it comes to competing for instructor jobs, having a certification like the Peak Ski Patrol will make all the difference when it comes to getting your head above the crowd. So whether or not Ski Patrol is something you want to pursue, the course will stand you in great stead when it comes to getting a prime position on the slopes.