Want to join the Volunteer Big White Ski Patrol? What do I need to know?
You need to be a strong intermediate Nordic/Alpine skier, boarder or snow shoe-er able to handle all of the types of terrain and snow conditions at the areas serviced by the Ogopogo Zone; Big White, Big White cross-county trails, and Telemark Cross Country ski areas.
Patrol shifts are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They last all day starting before 8am. We are obligated to take 13 shifts during the year or every second week. We roster with a pod for the season and can trade shifts if needed.
Minimum age is 18 years old. There are some initial expenses with the purchase of some first aid gear as well as registration with the local and national Canadian Ski Patrol. We provide the Ski Patrol jacket and vest.
Our first aid training is in Kelowna and starts early in September each year. It last for 10 weeks, 3 hours/night, Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:30PM. Ski or board evaluations and toboggan training are at Big White usually the first two weekends in December when Big White opens. Lift evacuation training is done before the hill opens for the season.
It’s fun and challenging. You get to hang out with really nice people, interact with guests from all over the world and look after folks when they need help.
A Typical Day with CSPS
“Open” runs making sure hills are safe before the lifts open to the public.
Equipped with a two way radio, patrol the area and be visible to our guests. Answer questions and promote safety on the mountain
Provide primary 1st aid and toboggan transport working closely with Ski Hill staff
At day’s end, “sweep” the hill and help close the hill.
Got Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year, we host an open house so you can get further information and chat with some of our patrols about what it’s like to patrol at Big White. We typically hold the open house in early September at:
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
2170 Harvey Ave (north side between Cooper and Dilworth)