We are a volunteer organization and receive no money for our services.
The main objective of being a member of the Sunburst Ski Patrol is to assist Sunburst area management in caring for sick or injured guests, and making recreation at Sunburst safer and more fun.
At Sunburst, we provide this assistance whenever the area is in operation. The typical hours during the ski season are 4 pm - 10 pm on weekdays and 9 am - 10 pm on weekends and holidays.
In addition to providing care for guests during the winter months, the Sunburst Ski Patrol also participates in providing assistance during summer activities at the Sunburst Recreation Area. These activities include motorcycle hill climbs, mountain bike races, and other events.
Outdoor Emergency Care
A sequenced, competency-based education program taught at the same level as the EMT-B course content. This course prepares candidate patrollers and other outdoor rescuers without previous first aid or EMT training to handle the emergency care problems encountered in the non-urban setting.
The knowledge and skills learned are oriented toward the outdoor environment, with special emphasis on ski and snowboard injuries, high-altitude and cold-weather illness, extrications, and the special equipment needed for emergency care and transportation in the outdoor environment.
Students are required to participate in comprehensive lessons with skill and scenario application; complete various workbook exercises; take a final written exam; and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in final scenarios. The course will begin in July and will typically meet once per week.
The course will end in November. The course also includes weekly quizzes, mid-term practical and written evaluations, and final practical and written evaluations.
Course Time Commitment
There is no hour requirement. To master the objectives, a candidate typically needs to devote 80 to 100 hours of class and study time to the course.Please note: We have no provisions for make-up in either the OEC course or on-hill training.
There are opportunities to get additional practice time (usually worked out based on the wishes of the class participants). A course schedule will be set at the beginning of the class. We suggest you make no vacation plans during the duration of either course.
Typically, this can be an issue with ski trips - the on-hill program runs from "when the snow flies" until March.
All of the members of the Sunburst Ski Patrol have a weekly patrol assignment throughout the season.
Each patroller must attend an annual OEC refresher. This is necessary to review our first aid skills, learn the latest in emergency care techniques, and be ready for the upcoming ski season.
Each patroller must attend an annual Chair Evacuation refresher and an annual "Frosty Refresher" where we review and refresh our skiing, toboggan handling, and first aid skills.
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