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The mountains, the great outdoors, powder snow, skiing… everything that everyone sitting behind their keyboard in a dull, grey town dreams about (yes, I know that’s a bit of a cliché, but whatever…).

Do you really know what the job of a ski patroller entails?

After a quick rundown of the career path required to earn the National Ski Patroller Diploma, you’ll find out about a typical day in the wonderful professional life of a ski patroller.


- Level 1: 5 weeks’ training then 2 weeks of first-aid training.
- Level 2: 2 years of level 1 practice and 2 weeks’ training on snow theory and rescue in unusual locations such as rocky outcrops.
- Level 3: 2 week course focused on managing a slope patrol team, schedules, regulations, legislation…
You can also supplement your skills with the following qualifications: PATROLLER (10 days) and/or SNOW EXPERT comprising snow theory (5 days) and/or DOG-HANDLING (2 weeks).

“6 o clock in the morning and I’ve got goose bumps…”
The resort is still asleep under a pure white duvet… it’s 6.30am and the ski patrollers are arriving at the high altitude ski area for the blasting (we call it the PIDA: “Plan d’Intervention de Déclenchement d’Avalanche” or Avalanche Trigger Intervention Plan).
Once the sector manager has distributed the blasting equipment (explosives, detonator), ski patrollers equipped with DVA avalanche kits (airbag + shovel + probe) ski to the blasting zone in pairs.
Next, the entire ski area is made safe and ski patrollers carry out checks to ensure there are no issues with demarcation poles, nets, banners, protective pylon padding…
Once they are satisfied that EVERYTHING is in order, the runs are opened to the public.
Ski patrollers inform the team in the central office, who update the piste map… and then it’s time for a beautiful day’s skiing to begin… you’re going to have a great time!

During the day, the team patrols the ski area to regulate safety and equipment, control the flow of skiers, give directions and remind slope users about the safety rules and dangerous behaviour.
Ski patrollers are all reachable by radio and primed to intervene as quickly as possible to help anyone with injuries by giving them first aid and evacuating them if required.

If one day you need to raise the alarm for someone in distress, here’s a simple clever tip to remember: 3 little letters P.A.S
1 – PROTECT: meaning secure the accident area by crossing your skis in an X in front of it.
2 – ALERT: to raise the alert, you need to be able to give your location on the ski area using nearby signposts (signpost name and number).
3 – SAVE: either inform the ski lift staff yourself or send a third party able to reach the nearest ski lift.

BRAVO and THANK YOU to our dear 53 ski patrollers who work on the 7 sectors of the Les 2 Alpes ski area: Station / Vallée Blanche / Crêtes / Diable / Combe de la Fée / Toura / 3200.

©  Photo credit  : Ski patrol.

Editor : Franca GRASSIA