A potential candidate
must possess the ski/board skills required to be a patroller. These
are necessary because a patroller will be responsible for taking
a patient down any run at Bear Valley in a sled. It is important
that every patroller can competently and quickly reach an injured
patient anywhere on the mountain, and then be able to transport
them in a sled. Our first selection criteria are these ski skills.
Ski/board instruction is not a part of our curriculum, although
we can help with it to a degree and realize that EVERY one of us
can improve. We have posted dates for our candidate selection. On
this day, a committee of patrollers objectively views your skiing
ability. We also consider attitude and potential for improvement.
When evaluating potential candidates,
we are looking for a solid foundation of ski/board skills. We evaluate
those skills while the skier performs a series of small, medium, and large
radius turns on intermediate/advanced runs. We expect a patroller candidate
to be comfortable in moguls and most off piste conditions. Specific skills
important for patrolling are for/aft balance and edge control. We are
not necessarily interested in perfect skiing, but we expect candidates
to be functional in most conditions and on most slopes. By the end of
your training year, we want to be comfortable with the idea of you pulling
a toboggan with our loved one in it!
If you are not sure you qualify this year, we encourage you to join us
for Candidate Selection. If you don't yet qualify, we can give you some
things to work on for next year! Please fell free to stop a patroller
and ask where we think your ability level falls relative to our minimum
A positive evaluation at Candidate Selection will qualify you to begin
the OET (Outdoor Emergency Transportation) training course. The course
commitment is every other weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, for 6 weekends
(12 days). See Patroller Training for
more information about OET.
A person must be 15 years old at the start of the season to begin training
as a candidate. Until one is
18, he/she is a junior patroller, and becomes a patroller
We welcome you to join us on January 6, 2008 and on January 12, 2008 for
Candidate Selection. We will meet in the Lodge near the patrol display
case at 8:30, then at Bear Top at 9:15. If you have further questions
that are not answered here or under patroller
training, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in attending Candidate Selection please email email@example.com
and let us know your name, email, and phone number.
We look forward to meeting you!
Getting More Information
If you have any questions
or want to discuss your interest email
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and talk to a patroller while you are at
Bear Valley. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain