What does the Patrol do?  

The members of the Ober Gatlinburg Ski patrol are . . . “under the supervision of the ski area management and must abide by the policies and procedures established” by that management. We are all ambassadors of the ski area while we are on duty. We should assist skiers needing aid of any sort, wherever they may be. We will also help enforce the safety rules of Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

The reality is that consists of opening & closing the slopes, marking any hazards, taking care of injured customers, providing on the snow transportation to those injured, and anything else that may pop up in relation to slope safety.

Our Structure

We’re comprised of two parts:  The paid patrol & the volunteer patrol.  We all have the same training. The only difference is compensation.  The paid patrol covers Monday – Friday. Volunteer patrollers cover Saturday & Sunday.  If getting paid is your goal, unless you’re already a healthcare professional, it will take you at least a year of training, if not longer, to complete all the steps to work on the paid patrol.  Until you reach that point you must fulfill volunteer duties and requirements. We schedule our season from the 1st Weekend in December to about the 2nd weekend in March. When we actually work depends on the weather.

Medical Training

Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC Class) is the first aid portion of the program and begins at the end of the ski season. March / April. The course is designed to train you to provide first aid in an outdoor setting. It is similar to an Emergency Medical Responder with more emphasis on the environment and on-hill stabilization and transportation of the patient.

You will be making a time commitment in terms of training, as will your instructors. It’s important that you recognize the time commitment for the OEC class. Throughout the spring and summer you will be working online to get the lecture portion of the class and working once a month with the instructors to get the hands on skills. You will need to allow 2 to 4 hours per week to go thought the chapters and complete the online assignments and tests. The skills will be covered at the monthly classes, but some of the skills will need to keep practicing on your own at home with friends and family.

The cost of the class is around $100. In addition, you  will need the purchase the Outdoor emergency Care book. ISBN-10: 1284205258 We are currently using the 6th edition. You will need the access code supplied with the book.

After you have been signed up and paid for the class you will be able to log into the class portal https://www2.jblearning.com/

On-hill Training

Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET Class) training is intended to adequately prepare skiers & snowboarders in the skills required to safely transport loaded and unloaded toboggans down all slopes, under any condition. Unique to the National Ski Patrol, the Transportation Program offers guidelines for area management to use to set the standard of training for its patrollers who operate toboggans. From training of basic candidates to honing the skills of Transportation instructors, this program ensures training opportunities for members of the NSP.