Mount Hood Ski Patrol holding tryouts for 2013-14

Mount Hood Ski Patrol is holding tryouts March 3 for skiers and snowboarders to fill its staff of about 300 volunteer patrollers for the 2013-14 winter season.

The tryouts will be held at MHSP headquarters in Government Camp and will include a personal interview and a ski test at the nearby 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.

Pre-registration for interested patrollers is required by Feb. 24 through www.mthoodskipatrol.org. Once registered, a member of the MHSP recruitment committee will contact candidates with further details

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 Mount Hood. Participants who are accepted into the apprentice training program for 2013-14 will spend the season gaining necessary first aid and on-hill training to become a full patroller.

The three options for volunteer patrollers are:

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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