Skiing or Boarding Competency
Candidates need to be competent skiers or riders on ungroomed trails and in crummy conditions with a pack on. Perfect style is not necessary. Being able to stay upright under most conditions and to look professional is. Our members include people who prefer ungroomed trails, some like classic nordic groomed trails, others go for the steep and deep backcounty. Most of us like a mix of all three.
Public Service Commitment
Ski patrolling is a volunteer public service and as such, patrollers must possess an interest to assist others. Often the skiing conditions are less than ideal so it is important for patrollers to feel rewarded by public service.
The time commitment to become a patroller is significant. The first aid and CPR training is close to 100 hours alone. Level 1 Avalanche and Mountain Travel and Rescue courses are 15 hours classroom, plus a full weekend each. Annual medical refresher training and on-the-hill refresher (one day each) and a 2-hour CPR refresher are mandatory.
The people who enjoy patrolling and are most successful at it typically have a good deal of outdoor experience hiking, climbing, skiing or camping. Knowledge of basic outdoor survival — keeping warm, staying found, and traveling safely — are the most important skills.
Requirements for Candidacy
- Have basic cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, or backcountry snowboarding skills
- Own or have access to equipment including skis or boards, boots, poles, pack, suitable clothing and gear
- Be interested in public service, first aid, and winter travel
- Have a sense of humor and tolerance for bad snow/weather conditions
- Complete a field evaluation
Click on the Contact Us link to apply.
Requirements to Become a Patroller
- Complete the Outdoor Emergency Care class and CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Complete the Avalanche Level 1 and Mountain Travel and Rescue Level 1 classes
- Patrol at Snoqualmie, Stevens, Blewet Pass, and/or the North Cascades for a cumulative total of 10 days with a seasoned patroller
Qualified patrollers from other patrols are welcome to join Cascade Backcountry. Please complete the appropriate web form to apply.