Wilmot Mountain Ski Patrol

Candidate Recruitment Program


Thank you for your interest in joining the Wilmot Mountain Ski Patrol. Our patrollers are members of the National Ski Patrol and serve Wilmot Mountain throughout the season, seven days a week in 17 duty shifts.  Shift hours are:


·       Weekday duty shifts cover Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (9 am – 6 pm during holiday shifts)

·       Weekend Shifts duty shifts cover Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


·      Weeknight shifts cover Monday-Friday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

·       Weekend night duty shifts cover Saturday 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm and Sunday 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

The Wilmot Ski Patrol has twice been awarded the National Outstanding Ski Patrol by the National Ski Patrol and many of our members currently hold and have held positions of leadership at all levels within the NSP organization. Because we continue to strive for a high degree of excellence in all of our patrollers we are selective about the candidates we choose to join our Patrol.

Candidate Application Process:

In order to be considered for our candidate program, interested individuals must submit a completed application.  Once a completed application is received, interested candidates must also attend an on-hill assessment and interview at Wilmot Mountain.  During this time Wilmot Patrollers will discuss our operations, training programs, and answer any questions you may have about the patrol. In addition to the interview/orientation, you will be asked to demonstrate your skiing/snowboarding skills.  This on-hill demonstration will be evaluated by our instructors.

Upon completion of your interview and skills demonstration, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of our decision within approximately two weeks of your try-out date. If you are accepted into the candidate program, you will be asked to provide your social security number to Wilmot area management so that a background check can be completed.

We are currently accepting applications for individuals interested in entering the candidacy program this winter (2016/2017).

Candidate Program Overview – Getting Started, Year One:

If accepted into the program you will be an incoming, first-year candidate working as a Mountain Host for the 2016/2017 season.  All first-year Mountain Host candidates must complete the following three program elements prior to actively participating as a Mountain Host candidate.:

1.    Complete CPR/AED course (basic level at least).  Examples: the American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver/AED course; the American Red Cross CPR/AED lay person course – this must be completed prior to participation in the Outdoor First Care course.

2.    Register for and complete the Outdoor First Care (OFC) online program with a written 25 question evaluation – this must be completed prior to the hands-on day;

3.    Complete an OFC practical “hands-on day” & evaluation using training scenarios provided for hands-on practice;

An Outdoor First Care program is a First Aid course that provides basic, introductory first aid.  The course will be scheduled and taught by one of our Wilmot Patrol instructors.  We plan to offer a course sometime in December 2016 or early January 2017.

Basic Patroller Program Overview – Year Two Options

Once you have completed your first year of candidacy with our patrol as a Mountain Host, you may continue as a Mountain Host and/or be invited to continue to the next level of the program and prepare to become a Basic Ski Patroller. 

Patroller candidates go beyond first aid (OFC) training and must complete an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course that is designed for first responders.  In addition, patroller candidates must complete a higher level of CPR/AED certification designed for healthcare providers.  Both the OEC course and the healthcare provider CPR/AED courses must be completed prior to the start of a candidate’s first season as a patroller candidate.

Complete information regarding these requirements — as well as other details, such as payment of dues, class fees, books, etc. — will be provided upon notification of your acceptance into the program.

Mountain Host candidates who have the necessary ski/board skills and are interested in becoming patrollers will resume hill training in their second season.  Training will conclude with the on-hill ski/board and toboggan handling evaluation to become a Basic “white cross” patroller. 

For more information about joining the Wilmot Ski Patrol program please contact:

Lee Anne Stoddart (847-441-8442)

Wilmot Recruiting Advisor



·         You must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the 2016 season (November 1, 2016) for the Mountain Host program

·         Grant Wilmot Mountain/Vail Resorts permission to perform a background check using your social security number

·   Meet a minimum ski/snowboard skill level.  Your skill level will be determined by the PSIA evaluator when you complete your on-hill ski/board demonstration with your interview

Time Commitment

Year 1: Mountain Host Candidate (2016/2017 Season):

·         CPR: Basic CPR/AED course (one evening in year 1; refreshed every 3 years) - To be taken before the OFC hands-on day.  CPR refresher (approximately 3 hours) to be completed before the start of the following season.

·         Outdoor First Care (OFC): Complete on-line course work with passing grade and pass a 1-day (approximately 8 hours), hands-on practical scenario evaluation

·         Hill Training: one night a week (TBD) 7pm to 11pm, December 2016 through the end of the season (early March 2017).   Additional evenings may be scheduled due to inclement weather or insufficient snow

·         Duty Shift: 1 shift /week. You will be assigned a duty shift during your first candidate season. All attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule

Year 2: Patroller Candidate (2017/2018 Season)

·    OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care): 1 night a week for approximately 12 weeks. Annual OEC refresher (8 hours) to be completed before the start of subsequent seasons (November 15, 2017) NOTE: OEC refreshers are conducted by the NSP division/region at scheduled dates/times.

·         CPR: Professional Rescuer (one to two evenings in year 1) - To be taken before the OEC class starts. 2nd year CPR refresher (3 hours) to be taken before the start of your second season (November 15, 2017)

·         Hill Training: one night a week (TBD) 7pm to 10pm, December 2017 through February 2018.   Additional evenings may be scheduled due to inclement weather or insufficient snow. The on-hill training for patroller candidates will take place over two seasons, with ski improvement and initial toboggan handling the first season, and completed toboggan training the second season.

·         Duty Shift: 1 shift /week. You will be assigned a duty shift during your first candidate season. All attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule.


·    Annual Refreshers for Wilmot Patrollers

·   CPR (Professional Rescuer): one 3-4 hour session

·   OEC: one 8 hour session

·   On-Hill Chair Evacuation: one 1-2 hour session

·   Snowmobile refresher: one 1 hour session.

·         Duty Day: 1 shift / week. Your duty shift will be assigned but all attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule.

·         Hours:80 hour minimum. Your first full season after passing the on-hill evaluation is probationary.

·         Electives: Optional Education programs to improve your first-aid and skiing skills as a patroller.

Monetary Commitment (Subject to change):

Candidate Season:

·         Class Fee: $60.00

·         Books: $25.00 - $86.00

·         Dues: $76.00

·         Miscellaneous Supplies: $55.00


·    Dues: $76.00 (National: $55.00; Central Division: $13.00; Wilmot: $8.00).