The Whitetail Ski Patrol is a member chapter of the National Ski Patrol (NSP). As a team of primarily volunteers, we use our outdoor emergency care skills and knowledge of mountain operations to make our host mountain, Whitetail, a safe area for our guests to ski, board and enjoy. We number approximately 100 active members but are eager to increase our membership. Along the way, we have a great time furthering our own snow skills and enjoying the great camaraderie of a team of other like minded folks! Interested? Here’s some basic information:
This half-day on snow session allows us to evaluate your existing skill level and ensure a proper foundation to become a patroller. During the evaluation, we will run you through drills on a variety of terrain - snowplow, sideslip, falling leaf, traverse, kick turns, long, medium, and short radius turns, bumps, etc. You do not have to be an expert skier or snowboarder but you must be a competent, secure, and confident skier or snowboarder, 18 yrs or older. The snow skills evaluation is held in late-February. Contact us for details & registration.
Check out our video below to learn what it takes to become a member of the Whitetail Ski Patrol
Initial training Consists of several components, for a total of 120 to 140 hours, including:
Begins in late spring/early summer on every Saturday and/or one weeknight a week, and finishing at the beginning of the approaching winter season. Initial training is focused heavily on OEC. Transportation and mountain operations are the focus once the resort opens for the season. Pre-season training often occurs in the Montgomery County or Frederick County area.
Approximately $395 to cover texts, medical equipment (for patrol belt) and training aids. Uniform costs as a patroller are additional. All stated costs are subject to revision.
Annual OEC Refresher (one full day in the fall); annual CPR certification; pre-season “On The Hill” (OTH) over a full weekend for Mt Operations refreshing.
Whitetail offers one of two scheduling options:
Many! Aside from the camaraderie of other winter outdoor enthusiasts, it includes:
Drop us a line! Contact the Recruitment Coordinators at here or find any patroller on the hill for some additional info.