Afton Alps Ski Patrol

Candidate Selection

Initial Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and an intermediate skier/snowboarder. There is a also a time commitment. 

This is what you have to do:

Attend the Skiing/Boarding Evaluation, by invitation, that is held in late February or early March. This will be an all morning event (most likely on a Sunday) starting at 9:00 AM. You will meet with the Patrol Director and some of the trainers (both first aid and hill). They will answer questions you may have and tell you more about what is involved in becoming a patroller. When they are done, you will go out skiing/boarding so you can show your stuff. Here is a list of what the evaluators will be looking for during your skiing/boarding evaluation.

At the tryout (evaluation) you should be prepared to demonstrate the following:

Ascent Skills:
Side Step

Descent Skills:
Side Slip with transition to the other direction
Falling Leaf
Hockey Stop
Basic Open Parallel Turns

General Skiing Skills:
Short , Medium and Long Radius Turns
Skate Skiing on Flat or Gradual Down Hill
Kick Turn or Uphill Herringbone Direction Turn 

Boarding Skills Evaluation: 

Same descent and general skiing skills as in the Skiing Evaluation except for the ascent skills.

Requirements for the first year of training: 

 - Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) training is 2 days a week in the evenings. This training lasts for about 2 months (late September - mid November).

 - On-the-hill training is 2 days a week (1 weekday evening and Sunday day.) This training starts around December 1st and last until mid-February.