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Join the Patrol!

Here you will find the requirements for joining, patrolling, and more.


Hauling a Sled

There’s nothing more rewarding than putting in a hard day’s work and having a good time doing it. When you hear the words “ski patroller,” you probably think of someone performing a mountain-side rescue of an injured skier. The truth is, it takes a different breed to make this team. Sandia Peak Ski Patrollers are people with a strong desire to help others. People who want to learn and use emergency care skills, enjoy the outdoors and the camaraderie of fellow patrollers, improve their skiing and riding skills, and most importantly, help make mountain recreation safer for all. We educate. We communicate. We participate!


Minimum Training Requirements

1. Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)

· This National Ski Patrol (NSP) course begins mid-August and concludes in early November (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) with a practical exam at the ski area on a Saturday.

· The information covered is similar to what is covered in an EMT-B course; however, there is no reciprocity. The course consists of lectures, lots of "hands on" practice, a midterm, and a final.

2. CPR

CPR training from an American Heart Health Care Provider or equivalent is required. Sandia Peak Ski Patrol sponsors a class to students enrolled in the OEC program and annual refreshers to returning patrollers.

3. On-the-Hill

· On-The-Hill training is conducted each November prior to the area opening for business.

· Training includes chair-lift evacuation, operations manual review, Lower Patrol Room procedures, and to cover any issues or changes that area management needs to address. It is a very full Saturday.

· All patrollers and candidates must attend this annual training.

4. Lower Patrol Room (LPR) Duty

A two-day training session in the first aid room/LPR, at the area is required. After successfully completing the above items, candidate patrollers may then enter the Auxiliary program by completing LPR duty requirements under the watch of an assigned mentor.

Auxiliaries are patrollers who have completed the above, but not passed the Basic ski and toboggan test. Our Auxiliaries are indispensable! Auxiliaries ski/board all over the mountain, carry radios, respond to incidents, and treat injured or ill customers. Auxiliaries do not transport patients in toboggans or stand at "top watch" in the Upper Patrol Room.


Further Training

Ski/Snowboard and Toboggan (S&T) Training

There is a “ski off” in early January to allow the S&T instructors to assess each of the candidate’s skiing/snowboarding abilities. Once a candidate becomes an Auxiliary he/she is welcomed to prepare for the Basic S&T test. When the instructors feel that the candidate/Auxiliary is prepared for the Basic test, the test will be given. The candidate becomes a Basic Patroller once this ski and toboggan test has been successfully passed.

Annual Training

· OEC Annual Refreshers – All patrollers are required to attend a one day refresher in the fall.

· CPR – All patrollers are required to attend a CPR refresher for Healthcare Providers

Additional OEC and S&T training is offered periodically, such as Avalanche Awareness, Mountain Travel and Rescue, Senior OEC.


On the Patrol

· Teams

Once on the patrol, either as a Basic or Auxiliary Patroller, individuals patrol with a team. We have weekday teams (which always need extra people) and weekend teams (every other Saturday AND Sunday each month).

· Time Commitment

It works out that each of us patrols about 4 days a month or one day a week. Of course we can patrol as many days as we wish. If a team member cannot work on his/her duty day he/she is required to find a sub.

· What is a patrol day like?

The patrol day begins about 8:00 am when the patroller has boots on and is ready to get on the lift. The lift opens to the public at 9:00 am. The patrol is required to be there early, to make sure all equipment is ready for the day, to ride the lift to the top, and do a sweep of each run…ski/board down every run making sure it is ready for public use. The lift closes to the public at 4 p.m. Following closing the patrol again sweeps every run making sure that no customers are left on the hill. The day ends around 5:15 and sometimes later, depending on what transpires during the day.


We have an annual ski swap, which generates the funding needed for NSP dues, our toboggans, supplies, training, etc. Each member of Sandia Peak Ski Patrol, including candidates, works a minimum of 6 shifts during any part these 4 days. Our swap requires lots of hours of preparation, set up, work, tear down, etc. It is a "well oiled machine” AND we all have loads of fun at swap too. It only works because so many work so hard for that long weekend.



First Year: The cost for joining our patrol is approximately $190.00. This covers the OEC textbook and workbook, the CPR fees, training materials, and the first year dues to NSP. The candidate also needs to purchase a patrol vest/parka upon becoming an Auxiliary. So the first year...the candidate year...requires a time commitment and some initial cash outlay.

Future Years: Our patrol pays for annual registration dues thereafter but only for patrollers who are in good standing...have patrolled the given number of days the season prior, have worked at swap. Once on the patrol, each member is required to complete an annual OEC refresher course (one full day prior to the area opening), a CPR refresher course, and the annual On-the-Hill. No one will be allowed to patrol without completing these refreshers.



· The Student Patrol (ages 15-17) operates the same as the rest of the patrol with these exceptions: student patrollers do not pull toboggans loaded with patients and do not cover the Upper Patrol Room or the Lower Patrol Room without an adult present. The Student Patrol provides great leadership training for kids.

· We also have a Bike Patrol that operates during the summer months. The Bike Patrol is lots of fun and you need not be a mountain bike rider in order to patrol at Sandia Peak in the summer. Help is always appreciated in the Lower Patrol Room. Some of us just love to hike on the mountain, answer questions, and help customers.



Click the link below to contact Todd Sokol, our recruiting coordinator...