Senior Program

Welcome to the ESR Senior Patroller Program

The Senior Patroller Program is the next step beyond Basic Patroller. Achieving Senior Patroller status is the logical next step for those who want to achieve a higher level of patroller skills that will help make you a more confident and competent patroller on your hill.

The Senior Program consists of core and elective requirements that must be completed within three years of entering the Senior Program. To become a Senior Patroller, you must demonstrate advanced skills in skiing, toboggan handling, and emergency care. And you must broaden your skills by taking electives in areas such as Avalanche I, mountain rescue, skiing enhancement, toboggan enhancement or becoming an instructor.

Becoming a Senior Patroller encompasses three categories:

    • Senior Emergency Management (SEM)

      • Focus on advanced scene management

      • Tested at SEM final evaluation session offered one time per candidate per season typically in the spring

    • Senior Skiing and Toboggan Handling

      • Demonstrate advanced toboggan handling and skiing abilities

      • Tested at Senior Ski & Toboggan Clinics at several resorts each season

    • Complete three electives to increase knowledge in various areas such as:

      • Avalanche Level I Modules 1, 2 and 3 (Far West Division Requirement)

      • Mountain rescue

      • Skiing enhancement

      • Toboggan enhancement

      • Become an instructor

Why Become a Senior Patroller

      • ("Why should I do this?" or "What's in it for me?")

      • In addition to becoming a more confident and competent patroller, your patrol benefits as well. As a Senior, you’re part of the leadership in the patrol and help to build a solid base for the future.

A Planning Strategy

      • Completing the Senior Patroller requirements takes a significant commitment of time and work. Most Senior patrollers recommend a two-year time frame:

      • Year 1

        • Refer to the Ski Patroller Manual (order from NSP) for a list of electives that meet Senior requirements. Finish off two of them. Instructor Development and AVY I are good candidates.

        • Complete a Senior Ski & Toboggan Clinic.

        • Volunteer to act as a patient for SEM training during the year and at the SEM tests.

      • Year 2

        • Complete the 3rd elective.

        • Participate in the SEM training.

        • Notify ESR Sr. Advisor when ready to participate on the SEM final (no later than Dec 31)

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So, How Do I Become a Senior Patroller?

      • Review the Senior Preparation Checklist.

      • Order The Ski Patroller Manual from NSP.

      • Get approval from your Patrol Director to participate in the Senior Program. (Senior_Candidate_Application)

      • Submit application to ESR Sr. Program Advisor.

      • Get OEC skills and practice Senior scenarios signed off, (SR_OEC_Skill_Checklist)

      • Write a sr. level scenario.

      • Track and get sign-offs for electives, SEM and Senior Ski and Toboggan. (Senior_Core_and_Electives_Activity_Report)

      • Some excellent tips on preparing for the SEM. (Tips_on_Taking_the_Senior_Emergency_Mgt)

If you have a need for a Senior Emergency Management (SEM) Clinic, a Senior Ski & Toboggan Clinic or help in setting up a Senior Training Program for your patrol, please contact the ESR Senior Advisor.

For more information, contact:

Inho Myong
ESR Senior Advisor
Sierra Ski Patrol