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Spirit Mountain ski patrol holds open house days

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to be a member of the National Ski Patrol? Well, now you can find out! The Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol will be conducting three open house sessions in March to welcome anyone interested in learning more about the patrol and possibly joining for the 2012-13 season.

The Ski Patrol is a volunteer organization that opens and closes the mountain each day and provides emergency medical care, skier responsibility education and enforcement, guest relations and assistance. There is more to the Ski Patrol than just skiing or snowboarding ability. There are many positions for people who have an interest in the patrol and helping guests without being an expert skier. Schedules are flexible and all forms of help are appreciated.

If you are interested in finding out more about patrolling, please join the Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol to find out what it's like to patrol. Open house dates are March 11, 18 and 25 from 10 am to 3 pm. Prior medical certification is not required. A fun obstacle course will be set up to ski along with the interested candidates. There will be a BBQ outside to get to know some of the new recruits on a personal level. Hotdogs and brats provided.

The National Ski Patrol is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1938 to serve the safety needs of the skiing/snowboarding public. Spirit Mountain's Patrol was created in 1974 at the area's opening.


Contact Dave Hawkinson,, for more information or to sign up. Or, call Spirit Mountain at 218-628-2891 and ask for the Ski Patrol Room.