Candidate Program

Outdoor Emergency Care is the National Ski Patrol’s award-winning training program for patrollers and others in the recreation community who deal with emergency situations. This nationally recognized program is designed to help you manage the toughest emergencies, in all seasons. Developed in the late 1980s for the 26,000 members of the National Ski Patrol, OEC is a training program that is tailored to the nonurban rescuer. Today, Outdoor Emergency Care is considered the standard of training for emergency care in the outdoor environment and is recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states.

In order to participate, we require an OEC certificate and a satisfactory ski/board evaluation.

The training program typically starts with a ski/board evaluation in December, followed by a Orientation and official training  starts the weekend after New Years.
Please see the specific schedule for the upcoming season under the Training Schedule tab.

We use a team approach that capitalizes on each persons ability to learn and perform the required OEC skill set in a winter environment.

Attitude, participation and the ability to learn from your mistakes are KEY to your success. We utilize a team of experienced and dedicated Patrollers to through out this process giving you the opportunity to work and learn from varied personalities and experiences.

Our goal is to make this next step of your training informative, practical and fun in a winter environment.

Most of all provide a high level of care and transport for those guests that require our service.