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Mount Hood Ski Patrol Looking For Fresh Recruits

OPB | March 2, 2013 3:04 p.m. | Portland

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Mount Hood Ski Patrol is holding tryouts this weekend. The all-volunteer organization is celebrating its 75th year of helping out on the slopes.

Nearly 300 volunteer members staff the Mount Hood Ski Patrol, which is supported by donations, and some cash from the mountain resorts.

Nearly 300 volunteer members staff the Mount Hood Ski Patrol, which is supported by donations, and some cash from the mountain resorts.

Har Rai Khalsa / Mount Hood Ski Patrol

Jessica Carrier is a second-generation ski patrol volunteer who’s been at it for five years. She says the job comes with substantial time commitment.

“The first year it’s pretty heavy. There are on-hill training days and in-town first aid class one night per week, then you’re on the hill one day per weekend. That goes on for about three months.”

Then there are additional trainings and refresher courses. While ski patrol isn’t paid, Carrier says she finds it immensely rewarding, and loves the people she’s met.

To make the cut, you must have essential ski skills, and learn to master the big red toboggans ski patrol uses to carry people down the mountain.

Apprentices training last year at Mt. Hood Skibowl

Apprentices training last year at Mt. Hood Skibowl

Lisa Hargrave / Mount Hood Ski Patrol

Online registration for tryouts is still open. 32 slots are open for the next scheduled first aid class.

Patrollers from the 1940s load an injured skiier into a sled.

Patrollers from the 1940s load an injured skiier into a sled.

Mount Hood Ski Patrol

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