How Much Time is Required?
The process of becoming a Blue Knob Ski Patroller is extremely demanding of your time and dedication. Your first year will be a serious time commitment and quite challenging at times. However, earning your cross and a place on the Blue Knob Ski Patrol will be life changing, with lifelong skills & friendships developed along the way.
January - March 2023
OET Training, Every Saturday & Sunday morning
Shadow a patroller in the afternoon
OET Test Early-March
Outdoor Emergency Care Course schedule set
Order your OEC textbook
Register for the on-line portion of the OEC course
On-line OEC independent learning
Register with NSP
Mid-July hands on practical OEC sessions begin every other weekend 1 day, generally Sundays at Blue Knob
Alternating Dates are available at other mountains, allowing for flexibility
Continued OEC practical sessions
October / Fall - Refresher weekend
2 days, a full weekend, Saturday and Sunday
Review on-hill procedures and OEC refresher for all patrollers
Candidates are utilized as patients
Complete ICS 100 (on-line) prior to this weekend
Late October - Early Nov
OEC exam written & practical is scheduled
Nov - Dec
Active Patrollers Sign up for duty shifts
Start skiing as soon as possible
OET – Outdoor Emergency Transportation
Begins the first weekend of January.
Every weekend Sat. & Sun. mornings
OEC on the snow training on certain afternoons. Schedule will be provided in advance.
OET exam generally the first or second weekend.