What does it take?
Volunteer Ski Patrolling requires a commitment of a minimum 15-20 days on-snow during the winter season every year. A patroller needs to be able to go anywhere on the mountain in *full* control under the most challenging conditions. When we recruit, we look for a committed and determined mindset, a collegiate nature, a strong guest focus, and functional athleticism in all conditions.
Mountain safety protocols and first responder skills will be the subject of ongoing on and off the job training. There are rigorous, continuous training programs for both paid and volunteer Ski Patrollers in the areas of:
Advanced First Aid
Mountain Safety Protocols
Perisher Resort Safety Procedures
All patrollers, including trainees, are given a “Passport” — a living training document that records on the hill and off hill training competencies.
To be a competent, successful trainee, you need to spend as much time as you can on-snow in the first two seasons with a minimum of 10 to 15 days per season. The time from Trainee to Probationary Patroller varies, and on average will take two seasons or about 40 days.
It is not an easy job but is an incredibly rewarding one. We encourage the next generation of patrollers to come on in and step on up and join our proud tradition of 50 years of service to the guests and community of Perisher Valley.
How do I join?
To find out more please fill out the recruitment contact form on the “Home” page.