Beaver Creek Ski Patrol hosts two test days |

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol hosts two test days

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol is hosting two test days for skiers interested in joining the patrol next season. Sign up for either the March 12 or March 23 test online at the Vail Resorts Careers website.
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Visit and search “Beaver Creek Ski Patrol” to sign up for either of the test days or to learn more about the job description.

BEAVER CREEK — Skiing down a double-black diamond run can be difficult enough, but take away the poles and now it’s a real challenge.

That’s a big part of the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol test, available for skiers — alpine and telemark — on Sunday and March 23. Skiers interested in joining ski patrol at the Beav’ for the 2017-18 season can sign up online at the Vail Resorts Careers website and show up at Patrol Headquarters at 9 a.m. on either of the test days.

“It’s probably one of the best jobs in the world,” said Chris Johnson, a ski patroller for seven years. “We get up early. We’re on the mountain all day. We’re off late. It’s a very forward-facing job — we’re looking for people that like to help.”

Stable skiers wanted

Ski patrol is responsible for many guest service functions, including handling accidents on the mountain, administering first aid, trail maintenance, keeping a safe environment, mountain sweeps, lift evacuation, avalanche control and handling explosives.

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The two test days will be an opportunity for applicants to show their ski skills, which are a necessity for the job. Applicants must be expert level skiers in all conditions and able to work in inclement weather.

“We’re not necessarily looking for the fastest skier out there,” Johnson said. “We’re looking for the most stable and under-control skiers out there.”

The test starts out with small turns on groomed runs and then moves to maneuvers like snowplowing and side slipping before the ride up Grouse Mountain to Bald Eagle.

The job application on the website says a resume is appreciated beforehand, and previous patrol or experience at a Vail Resorts mountain is preferred.

Applicants also must be at least 21 years of age, be available to work holidays and weekends, work well in a team, have a high school diploma or the equivalent and have excellent guest service skills.

Ski patrollers also work with the Beaver Creek Avalanche Rescue Canines and are holding a fundraiser for their furry co-workers at 6 p.m. on March 22 at e|town in Edwards.

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol Headquarters is located atop the Cinch Express (Chair 8). Applicants must provide their own equipment and lunch. Helmets are required.

“Every year we put all of our prospective patrol candidates through a ski test to see if they’ve got what it takes to be a ski patroller the next year,” Johnson said.

Do you have what it takes? Take the test on Sunday or March 23.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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