The training and qualifications you receive on our Ski Patrol Course are internationally recognised and will help ensure you can work in ski patrol anywhere in the world. Included in this course is a heli-skiing or heli-boarding day where you will experience remote back country in real life.

Ski Patrollers are part of an elite management team, and employees need to be well prepared and trained to a very high standard. The modules on this course are carefully selected and you will work hard but will reap the rewards.

You’ll be first on the mountain preparing the slopes for the day, looking after injured guests and making sure everyone gets down the mountain safely when the mountain closes. You’ll learn about and get certified in outdoor emergency patient care, avalanche control, air rescue, helicopter orientation, toboggan handling, mountaineering and many other essential and fascinating skills that will help you find work within the Ski Patrol Service. Ski Patrollers require a lot of specialist equipment which you will receive on loan during your course, ensuring you get real hands-on experience with patroller grade avalanche safety gear.

What they said

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Patroller Training Programme (endorsed by Canada West Ski Area Association)

How long for:
8 weeks

Panorama Mountain Resort, BC, Canada

9th Feb 2019

Level required:
Strong skier or snowboarder – competent on European red runs


Without Flights £6400

With Flights £6850 (From London)

Secure your place with a £300 deposit

What you’ll get

The Course
  • Instruction (see modules in course schedule)
  • Certification
  • Heli-skiing / Heli-boarding day (including loan of powder equipment)
  • Patroller Training Programme Handbook
  • Shadowing experience with Panorama Ski Patrol
  • Snow Ready Fitness Plan
  • Specialist equipment
    You will receive a pack with all essential equipment required to work with ski patrol. Items include Avalanche safety gear: probe, shovel, transceiver, first aid supplies and medical equipment. Back packs are on loan and must be returned in good condition. They can be purchased at the end of the course in resort if requested.
Not included in the course price is the core text book. Outdoor Emergency Care – 5th Edition costs approx £89.99 and must be purchased prior to the course start date.
The Trip
  • Flights and transfers from UK (if applicable)
  • Shared Hotel accommodation (Single room available – supplement payable)
  • Season lift pass
  • Heli-skiing / Heli-boarding day
  • Meal card worth $115 per week,
    with 20% discount throughout the resort [Panorama]

Toby HorseThief Lodge

Slope side, next to lift location

  • Free use of Panorama Spring Pools with Hot tubs
  • Free Use of Resort Gym
  • Ski Lockers
  • High Speed Internet
  • Shared En-suite room with mountain views & flat Screen TV (Single rooms available – supplement payable)
  • Fully equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher, fridge, stove, microwave).
Course Schedule
  • Module 1: CPR – BLS for Healthcare Professionals
    The BLS HCP module is designed for healthcare professionals which includes ski/bike patrollers.
  • Module 2: Non-Urban Occupational Emergency Care, Level 3
    The NUOEC 3 course curriculum contains baseline knowledge and skill development objectives, derived from primary paramedic training program curricula with emphasis on the non-urban environment. Specific modules address the injuries and illnesses that non-urban responders are likely to encounter; conditions that are typically not addressed (or lack the necessary depth) in other first aid programs.
  • Module 3: Advanced Protocol Training
    The APTP is designed specifically to address the in-situ patient care and risk management concerns of non-urban organizations and corporations. The APTP is comprised of 6 advanced emergency medical protocol modules. These modules meet specific emergency response training needs not currently met under conventional programs available to non-paramedical responders.
  • Module 4: Rope Rescue
    This module provides the foundational knowledge and skills for performing rope rescue. It teaches safe, efficient rescue skills and is the essential first step in developing ‘rope rescue’ competency.
  • Module 5: Aerial Lift Evacuation & Self Evacuation
    This module prepares the student by teaching the fundamentals of conducting aerial mechanized lift evacuations. Self and rescue evacuations are also addressed and practiced.
  • Module 6: Patient Extrication & Evacuation
    Covered in this module is patient extrication and evacuation utilizing the most commonly-used devices such as toboggans, wheeled litters, and various snow machines.
  • Module 7: Avalanche Skills Training, Level 1
    AST Level 1 is an entry level avalanche awareness courses. The curriculums are in strict compliance with the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) and certification is provided by the CAC. Topics covered include: nature and formation of avalanches, avalanche terrain awareness, snow stability and snow pack assessment, avalanche danger assessment, safety and self-rescue, and the use of transceivers.
  • Module 8: Risk Management
    The issue of risk management in the mountain recreation industry is of fundamental importance. It is essential that all Patrollers have a clear understanding of the ‘big picture’ with respect to risk management, and also the part that they individually play in this. The Risk Management module spells out clearly the roles and responsibilities that Patrollers must understand and fulfil with specific emphasis on accident investigation and prevention.
  • Module 9: Incident Investigation
    With litigation as prevalent as it is in the mountain recreation industry, incident investigation is critical to an organizations risk management program. Thorough incident investigation is of critical importance and an integral part of preparing a viable and legitimate defence.
  • Module 10: General Patrolling
    Effective Communications & Customer Relations
    In addition to providing emergency medical care, the daily routines and tasks expected of Patrollers are extremely diverse. Significant among these are: recognizing and correcting safety hazards, continuously performing risk assessments, and developing and implementing programs to ensure overall safety. Since Patrollers are in the public eye and in the service industry, included in this module is a workshop covering effective customer service, emphasizing communication skills and conflict resolution.
  • Module 11: Helicopter Orientation, Air Evacuation, Air Rescue
    This module emphasizes the safety issues associated with helicopter use as well as the issues that affect patient evacuation in non-pressured aircraft.
  • Module 12: GPS & Compass Orientation
  • Module 13: Mentoring
    This module involves ‘putting it all together’ while shadowing Patrollers and Avalanche Technicians (Mentors) over a 12 day period as a Mentee.

At the end of the programme there is a heli-skiing experience day with RK Heliski. Back-country powder skis/snowboards are provided by RK Heliskiing.

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