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Working the slopes.

If you have the necessary skills and are fond of snow, you could mix work and sport as a ski patroller. Ski patrollers are employed or volunteer at winter resorts throughout the Nation. But these experts of the slopes don't play around all day. They actively promote safety and are trained as on-hill medical first responders.

BLS does not collect data on ski patrollers specifically. According to anecdotal information, however, positions are flexible and are filled by volunteers, part-time employees, and full-time employees. Obviously, the work is seasonal: Patrollers work only when resorts are open for ski season.

The best way to find work as a patroller is to check for openings with individual ski resorts. Applicants must pass an ability test and may have to meet other requirements determined by individual patrols. The nature and difficulty of these assessments may vary, but prospective patrollers should be strong skiers or snowboarders. Most ski resorts also require patrollers to have emergency care certification, available through the National Ski Patrol service.

Contact the National Ski Patrol for more information. Write to 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 100, Lakewood, Colorado 80228; call (303) 988-1111; or visit (For snow enthusiasts interested in learning about another occupation on the slopes, see "You're a what? Avalanche forecaster," in the winter 2006-4)700Q and online at

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Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Date:Dec 22, 2007
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