Although there are many reasons why individuals decide to become ski patrollers at Mt. Hood, most would agree that patrolling is both a rewarding and fun opportunity.
We offer the following patrol programs to new candidates:
Hill Patroller After an intensive 20-week Outdoor Emergency Care Course, CPR and Avalanche Training, Hill Patrollers must apprentice for one year. During the year, they receive rigorous sled handling training for safe patient transport to the first aid room.
Associate Patroller Associates receive the same initial training as Hill Patrollers, minus the sled handling. They spend their apprentice year further developing their first aid skills in the first aid room and acting as first responders to area accidents -- on and off the hill.
Nordic Patroller Our Nordic division regularly patrols popular cross-country, snowshow and backcounty trails around Mt. Hood. They often staff special events for non-profits and carry emergency pagers for the tri-county sheriffs to perform search and rescue functions if needed.
Summer - Skiing & Mountain Bike Patrollers As the seasons change, so do some of our patrol activities. During summer months we provide first aid services at Ski Bowl for their Alpine Slide, mountain biking and other summer activities, while maintaining our year-round presence at Timberline patrolling all summer on the Palmer snowfield!
Education & Training Our main objective is to promote the safety and enjoyment of those engaging in activities in the Mt. Hood area. We train our patrollers (and other community members) in Outdoor Emergency Care, First Aid, Avalanche Awareness, CPR, Chairlift Evacuation and Mountain Travel & Rescue. Additionally, Hill Patrollers learn to handle sleds for safe patient transport. To retain active member status, MHSP patrollers must regularly update all skills acquired through these courses.