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Wanna be a Beaver Creek ski patroller?

Daily file photoAmong the many responsibilities of a Beaver Creek, Colorado ski patroller is opening and closing the mountain each day.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Beaver Creek Ski Patrol is hosting its annual ski patrol tryouts on Saturday and on March 28 for skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers interested in being on patrol next season.

“We’re looking for strong skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers who demonstrate solid skills on a variety of terrain and conditions across Beaver Creek Mountain,” said Addy McCord, Beaver Creek’s ski patrol director. “Current members of the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will be evaluating candidates on snow and they will share their knowledge and experience with interested participants.”

The ski test includes a morning meeting and introduction followed by the ski test, which consists of two-to-three runs taken in variable conditions and evaluated by four or five members of Beaver Creek’s current patrol team.

Participants will learned whether they passed right after the test. Those who pass, will be invited back for a clinic on March 29, to shadow a patroller, learn basic ski patrol skills and fill out a job application. Hiring of patrol positions takes place each fall, prior to ski season.

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol hires a handful of new patrollers each year to join its 40-member staff. Ski Patrol opens and closes the mountain each day, provides emergency medical care, enforces responsible behavior on the slopes, does avalanche control, and helps guests. Members also ski an average 120 days per year.

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“We’re fortunate to consider Beaver Creek Mountain our office; our team loves to work outdoors, we work hard, we help people everyday and there’s great camaraderie among our staff,” added McCord.

Advance reservations are required. Call Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at 970-845-6610. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8).

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