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CSPS Calgary Ski Patrol - Experience Patrolling Day - Feb 24 at Nakiska

I'm on their e-mail list as I've expressed interest in being a patroller.

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Experience Patrolling day — February 24, 2013

Sign up by Feb. 15 to receive a discounted lift ticket ($39.95)

The CSPS Calgary zone (alpine) includes the following four ski areas that are looking for passionate people to become part of our team:

- Canada Olympic Park
- Lake Louise
- Mt. Norquay
- Nakiska

Our Experience Patrolling day is your chance to come out and find out exactly what we’re up to out on the slopes. You’ll meet CSPS patrollers, make some runs, and watch a demonstration of our first aid/rescue protocols. As well, certified CSPS On-Snow Examiners will be there to give you an informal assessment of your skiing/boarding abilities.

Come join us for the day at Nakiska ski resort, beginning at 8:45 am. Activities will include:

- Demonstration of an on-hill accident response;
- Skiing/snowboarding;
- Overview of how to get involved;
- Choice of different afternoon activities such as: ski/snowboard evaluations, shadowing a patroller, backboard demonstrations, or just skiing/snowboarding;
- Interaction with current patrollers from all Calgary zone ski areas;
- FUN!!!
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I have signed up already, and I'll probably do the snowboard evaluation in the afternoon. I'd love to get some critical feedback on technical riding, and see how the rest of them ride! Helmet cam will be on for sure...
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SWEET! I trained with my local patrol for a season. It was a lot of fun, and pulling a sled really challenges your sense of riding. You have to learn to micro manage your edge control while riding with your shoulders opened up. They do not allow you to ride with one hand on the handles. I would have stuck with it if the outdoor emergency care (OEC) classes were a little more flexible. Around here those classes are only offered in Aug. 2 nights a week starting at 6pm(and 50 miles away), that is my super busy season, there was just no way I could get away from work. I will say, the most fun is chairlift evac exercises.
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I have signed up already, and I'll probably do the snowboard evaluation in the afternoon. I'd love to get some critical feedback on technical riding, and see how the rest of them ride! Helmet cam will be on for sure...
Sounds fun! Look forward to hearing how it went. And seeing the POV of course!
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So tomorrow is the big day! I was at Nakiska and the conditions are hardpack to good, so it'll be fun cruising with them.

Looking forward to seeing things from the inside out for a day! Who knows I may be wearing a cross next season. Although I hear they discourage "aggressive" riding from patrollers. The great thing if I got to patrol at Louise is they get to test a lot of areas for stability before they're opened to the public. Would be great to get some fresh turns in a few times a year!
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What about avy classes and EMT training? I always assumed these were requirements to even consider applying. Then again despite the high level of professionalism I've seen from ski patrol, there is absolutely no question I've seen some real dumb motherfuckers rocking the white cross.

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What about avy classes and EMT training? I always assumed these were requirements to even consider applying. Then again despite the high level of professionalism I've seen from ski patrol, there is absolutely no question I've seen some real dumb motherfuckers rocking the white cross.
Yeah no doubt. EMT training is a requirement. I've already got Level C or whatever it's called (the two day CPR+ course) but I think I'd still need an upgrade. Not sure on the Avalanche training, I think they actually have different patrollers conduct the Avalanche control at the local resorts (i.e. paid guys that work their almost every day).

There are some possible deal breakers for me, so it'll be interesting to hear what it's all about today!
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Sounds like you have to pay them 40 bucks to do a days worth of their work for no pay..... Super lame, no thanks
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Yeah no doubt. EMT training is a requirement. I've already got Level C or whatever it's called (the two day CPR+ course) but I think I'd still need an upgrade. Not sure on the Avalanche training, I think they actually have different patrollers conduct the Avalanche control at the local resorts (i.e. paid guys that work their almost every day).

There are some possible deal breakers for me, so it'll be interesting to hear what it's all about today!
In BC, an OFA III certificate is requried. That's a 2-week course.


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Sounds like you have to pay them 40 bucks to do a days worth of their work for no pay..... Super lame, no thanks
You need to learn how to spot a deal! I have a pass already so the day was free for me. Boarded around with a bunch of patrollers and wannabe patrollers, got free beer and nachos at the end, and got the info I needed to make a decision about being a patroller next year!

Unless... you don't like beer and nachos?!?
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It sounds like a great time, I don't have the discipline I think for the EMT stuff but maybe I'm just selling myself short or don't care. I dig the mystique of the ski patroller thing those guys are out there doing God's work.

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