Joining the Mt Hotham Ski Patrol
The pathway into Patrol is through our induction program. We hold an on-snow skills test each July (one midweek and one weekend). The dates are set at the start of the season. In order to participate in the on-snow skills test you must register prior to the test dates as numbers are limited.
If you are successful in the skills test on snowboard or skis you then shadow Patrollers for the next 1 1/2 days for you to have a look at the job and, in turn, for us to look at you. After that, there is an interview with the Patrol Director, Assistant Patrol Director and Volunteer Patrol Captain where you can ask any questions you may have about patrolling at Mt Hotham and we also assess if you would be a good fit for our team.
Assuming both parties want to continue, you then must register and pass the ASPA Advanced Emergency Medical Care course – regardless of any other medical qualifications you may have. Every Patroller must be ASPA certified and follow ASPA protocol when patrolling.
Successful candidates are required to complete a 2-season training program as a volunteer. There is an expectation that new patrollers commit to being a member of the Mt Hotham patrol for at least 5 years once their training is completed.
Hotham Patrol training program:
Prior to Season 1: complete the Australian Ski Patrol Association Advanced Emergency Care course held in Melbourne/Jindabyne/Sydney in April/May.
Season 1: commit to a minimum of 20 days with an emphasis on being able to attend early season intensive training programs.
Season 2: commit to a minimum of 15 days
It’s a long path and a lot of work but you gain a high level of skill and is a lot of fun working with a great team. After completing the training program, the ongoing commitment is a minimum of 15 days per season. There may be an opportunity to join the paid patrol if a position is available. Candidates with existing skills or who are able to commit more time, could potentially complete the training program in their first season.
Mt Hotham Volunteer Ski Patrol
Thanks to all our great applicants, the induction is now closed for 2023.