World Ski Patroller Survey

Introduction

The World Ski Patroller Survey was started in 2015 to learn more about you, the ski patroller. We were finding it difficult to learn more about ski patrollers around the world, there really isn’t much data about this special breed of human being in the public domain. So, in consultation with national and international ski patrol bodies, Medic52 conducted the survey hoping to understand more about the variety of patroller’s working lives, their conditions and what they love or hate about the job.

Why? Because we want to get a sense of what is happening in your world, what would make your life easier and more effective on patrol. We want to help the industry understand you.

Please explore this page, it contains information about the current 2018 survey that is now open, and previous years data ready for you to read.

We hope you enjoy the data in this survey, find it useful and will help us spread the word to gather even more insight.

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2018 – Analysing!

2018 Supporters

2017 – 2,583 Ski Patrollers from 26 Countries

2017 Overview

In all we received 2582 responses from patrollers in 26 countries; 1783 Volunteers and 799 Paid (part and full time). The largest populations to respond were Canada, France and the United States.

Ski Patrollers continue to show up to work to help people, and the desire to help guests educate themselves remains a key theme. Multiple fatalities in the community as well as high profile avalanches in Europe over the last few years are driving a desire to see more Avalanche Awareness  to guest education as well as improved procedures for Ski Patrollers. Mental Health is an issue with Ski  Patrollers.

Get a copy of the report to read more in depth analysis including several trends from year three of the World Ski Patroller Survey.

2017 Supporters

2016 – 2,193 Ski Patrollers from 18 Countries

2016 Overview

This year we focus on the hot topics in Ski Patrol. For paid staff what are your conditions and will unionisation of your workplace assist you? With the growth in summer operations we are also looking to know how much transfer of winter staff skills is happening. In all we received 2193 responses from patrollers in 18 countries; 1605 Volunteers and 588 Paid (part and full time). The largest populations to respond were Australia/New Zealand, Canada, France, Sweden and the United States.

The report breaks down information by patroller type (Paid vs Volunteer), and Country.

Supported by: Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski, Canadian Ski Patrol, Australian Ski Patrol, National Ski PatrolSvenska Skidanläggningars Organisation SkidpatrullFederazione Italiana Sicurezza Piste SciPatrullas de Ski de Chile and the British Association of Ski Patrollers. Lucky door prizes provided by Surface Skis, Lé Bent, Patagonia.

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2016 Supporters

2015 – 634 Ski Patrollers from 23 Countries

2015 Overview

The inaugural year of the Ski Patroller Survey delivered 634 responses from patrollers in 23 countries. 396 were volunteers, and 234 were paid, full or part-time.  The largest populations to respond were Australia/New Zealand, Canada, France, Sweden and the United States.

We asked about:

  • The financials of being a patroller, salary, spend on gear, and volunteer support
  • Education and qualifications
  • Injury at work
  • Gear, technology and what is supplied by employer’s
  • Work locations, tasks and team size
  • Dispatch, medical and patrol facilities
  • Problems, pains, loves and likes
  • National, regional and employer problems

Questions are analyzed and broken down to total population, by patroller type and by country.

Supported by: Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski, Canadian Ski Patrol, Australian Ski Patrol, and the British Association of Ski Patrollers. Lucky door prizes provided by Surface Skis, Lé Bent and Avalanche Ski Wear