Mount Hood Ski Patrol is looking for recreation enthusiasts with a heart for volunteer work at its annual tryouts next month.
They're looking for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels who would like to join their team of 300-plus volunteers that provide rescue and emergency services on the mountain.
The tryouts are Sunday, March 3 and include a morning meeting and introduction at patrol headquarters in Government Camp, a personal interview and a ski test at Mt. Hood Skibowl.
The ski test covers a wide variety of terrain in variable conditions and candidates will be evaluated by current members of the patrol. Volunteers who are accepted into the apprentice training program for 2013-2014 will spend the season gaining necessary first aid and on-hill training to become a full patroller.
Mount Hood Ski Patrol is bringing on an additional 32 volunteers in next season's apprentice group. The volunteer ski patrol provides first aid and rescue at Timberline, Summit, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Mt. Hood Meadows and the back-country of Mt. Hood.
Organizers are looking for three types of volunteers at the tryouts:
Hill patrollers - provide first aid and perform a variety of safety tasks on the hill. They also transport patients via rescue toboggan. Hill patrollers must be advanced skiers or snowboarders, physically fit and comfortable in all alpine terrain and conditions.
Associate patrollers - provide first aid and perform tasks on the hill as well but their primary duty is to staff the first aid rooms. Associate patrollers do not need to pass the same ski test as hill patroller candidates.
Nordic patrollers - serve outside the established ski areas, providing on-hill first aid and evacuation for injured backcountry skiers. Nordic patrollers must be physically fit, advanced Nordic skiers who are comfortable in difficult terrain and conditions.
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