On the job
- Preventative safety measures and enforcement
- Emergency medical care
- Emergency incident management and investigation
- Avalanche control
- Chair lift evacuation
- Search-and-rescue operations
There when you need us
Bluewood Ski Patrol is a primarily volunteer group of highly trained and experienced healthcare professionals.
Member certifications range from Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) to paramedic. The Bluewood Ski Patrol is a licensed Washington State EMS agency and maintains an affiliation with the National Ski Patrol in the Inland Empire Region of the Pacific Northwest Division.
Bluewood Ski Patrol includes paid and volunteer patrollers who work side by side with one another. All are held to the same standard, wear the same uniform and must be capable of performing all aspects of patrol work. These requirements allow Bluewood Ski Patrol to provide great customer service and superior care.
Joining the team
Bluewood Ski Patrol is actively recruiting new members. Recruitment generally focuses on skiers because some terrain and search-and-rescue operations require the patroller to be able to efficiently drag rescue sleds and traverse difficult out-of-bounds areas.
New recruits are brought on initially as trainees and go through a training process that generally takes a ski season to complete. The process can take longer depending on the trainee’s skills, experience and commitment.
The Bluewood Ski Patrol doesn’t offer medical certification training courses and requires new trainees to have a current OEC or Washington State Emergency Medical certification prior to joining.
Patrol members are responsible for keeping their emergency medical certification current and up to date.
Bluewood Ski Patrol members are required to work a minimum number of duty days each ski season to remain on the patrol. In exchange for their services, members receive skiing privileges and other benefits from Bluewood. Members also receive the benefit of being part of a dedicated team, the first chair lift ride in the morning and last run of the day.
Individuals looking for more information about joining Bluewood Ski Patrol are encouraged to contact and meet with patrollers on the mountain during normal operating hours.
Feeling generous? The Bluewood Ski Patrol Association is a non-profit 501c3 and accepts donations to help with the various upgrades for the team.