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We're a national, non-profit organization of almost 5,000 men and women dedicated to promoting safe skiing - and enjoying the winter sports we love.

You probably know us by our trademark yellow and blue jackets. Ski patrollers can be found on hills and cross-country trails across Canada answering questions, ensuring a safe skiing environment and providing Advanced First Responder Rescue Services to the resort guests.

What you might not know is that the Canadian Ski Patrol is a great social organization and the perfect excuse to enjoy skiing on a regular basis!

Canadian ski patrollers come from diverse backgrounds. We're teachers, students, doctors, carpenters, bankers, retirees, lawyers - you name it. Our common links are: a love for skiing or boarding, and a desire to help others.

From the moment you join the Canadian Ski Patrol, you'll be volunteering, learning, and skiing in a team environment. The Advanced First Aid course will give you unparalleled training in managing and treating injuries. You'll also become qualified in CPR and receive extensive On Snow Rescue Training.

The leadership, organization, and communication skills you learn as member of the Canadian Ski Patrol will be invaluable on and off the hill. And best of all, becoming a patroller means you'll be volunteering your services in exchange for lift tickets. You may join for the free skiing, but stay for the friends.

Also patrolling continues on throughout the summer! There are many opportunities for patrollers to not only help out, but get out, to some of summer's greatest events! A lot of patrollers are outdoor enthusiasts: mountain bikers, rock climbers, canoeists, and adventure racers! A lot of the events that we patrol at, we also participate in!


Requirements

Individuals interesting in joining and becoming a member of the CSP are required to take the CSP First Aid Course, CPR, Rescue and On Snow Training. A minimum mark of 75% is considered a passing mark and must be achieved.

Candidates for membership should be 18 years old or older, be a strong intermediate skier/rider and have a desire to provide first aid and rescue services along with promoting safety to skiing / riding public.

The Division will process your information and contact the Patrol in your area who in turn will contact you with full details on how to be a member in your area.

FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... AND MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE'S

Become a member of the CSP in Atlantic West Division! Send your contact information to us.


Benefits
  • First Aid Training
  • Electronic monthly newsletter SK-E NEWS
  • Legal Support
  • Insurance coverage
  • Skiing
  • Pro-Deal/Supplier discounts
  • Skiing camaraderie
  • Area access privileges
  • Technology support
  • National coverage
  • International affiliation
  • Public recognition
  • Broad peer base
  • Relationship with CSIA (Local)
  • Research
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Other social events
  • Uniform

A Day in the life of a patroller…

0700 – 0830 (or about 30 minutes before the skiing public) Morning Sweep - make first tracks on the runs at our ski area while checking for any hazardous conditions or items that need to be addressed prior to allowing the general public on the slopes. Some of the best snow conditions are available to us!!

0830 – 1200 - On Patrol - Once the slopes are open to the public we can ski in small groups of Patrollers, with friends, other clients or even with our family. We socialize with ski area clientele and promote our ski area and provide safety tips to customers while we ride the lifts and ski the runs at our area. This puts the “ski” in ski patrolling!

1200 – 1300 – Lunch While everyone won’t be able to eat at the same time in the middle of the day, you will get a break for some sustenance. Skiing and bringing toboggans down the hill make folks pretty hungry and you’ll need to take advantage of this break to recharge your batteries with some food!

1300 – Closing - Still on Patrol – While accidents do happen throughout the day they seem to be most frequent after lunch through to closing time. It’s almost like car accidents that statistically happen closest to home; skiing accidents tend to happen closest to “going home”.

When snow sport enthusiasts get injured somewhere in the area, we are the people they count on. We work in teams to immobilize any injury they may sustain and safely move the injured person to the bottom of the mountain. From our Patrol hut at the bottom, depending on the severity of their injuries, they will then be released or sent for further medical attention.

That’s not all though…during the day we provide many other services, too…we reassure children that may be lost, helping them to find their parents; we guide people to runs they are capable of skiing and we provide many tidbits of information to the public. Wearing a Ski Patrol uniform means we should know and represent our ski area well and be able to answer lots of queries, not just provide accident assistance.

Helping people in this way is the most gratifying part of being a Patroller. All we have to do is just look into their face after we have helped them or as they leave the area.

Closing – End of Day Sweep- This procedure is where we take a last run down each trail, run or slope just to make sure that no one is left behind at the end of the day. During this “sweep” of the hill, we also take note of any safety issues that may have arisen during the day that will require correction prior to opening the slopes the following day. First run and last run belong to the Ski Patrol!

1800 or closing - After a sometimes hard and long day on the slopes, we often gather around a table for refreshments and perhaps a potluck supper and to talk about how much fun our day of patrolling was, another benefit of the camaraderie we enjoy within the CSP..
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