Ski patrollers respond to emergencies when a skier becomes sick or gets injured on the slopes. They assess the skier’s injuries, provide immediate first aid, and prepare the patient for transport down the mountain. Several patrollers use a toboggan to take the injured skier down the ski slope, while a designated ski patroller documents the injury or accident, notes the medical condition of the patient, and arranges for the patient to be transported to a local medical facility if necessary.
The Canadian Ski Patrol formed in 1941, a young osteopath from Toronto, Dr. Douglas Firth, was invited by the Canadian Amateur Ski Association to set up the first aid and rescue group to patrol the ski slopes. Since then, this non-profit organization has continued to grow with the Canadian snow sports industry. Today, the Canadian Ski Patrol, with its 5,000 volunteer members, provides first aid services in more than 230 alpine and nordic ski resorts across the country. Over the past two decades, the services offered by the CSP have gone beyond ski resorts: members maintain first aid services, medical support, and coordination of a medical team for a range of sporting activities throughout the year.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Canadian Ski Patrol check out their site at https://www.skipatrol.ca/join/