OTH/OEC Refresher Dates (New Details Below!)

To avoid confusion regarding our mandatory preseason training – the On-the-Hill Refresher (OTH) and OEC Refresher – please reference the information below, including the date for each at Bear Mtn and additional make-up options. Please read carefully and save for reference.

ON-THE-HILL (OTH) Refresher: Required by Big Bear Mtn Resorts to include annual recertification of chair evac, American Red Cross test, risk mgmt and registration
DATE: Saturday, Oct 25th at Bear Mtn 7:30 – 3:30 Make-up Saturday, Oct 18th at Bear Mtn 8:00 – 3:00  One of these two sessions is mandatory to patrol at Bear this season.
This is mandatory for ALL staff – patrollers, mtn security and candidates.

OEC Refresher – Cycle A: Required by NSP w/ annual recertification of OEC skills and CPR/AED
DATE: Sunday, Oct 26th at Bear Mtn 7:30 – 3:00 Make-up Sunday, Sept 28th at Cahuilla Park in Claremont or Saturday, Oct 11th at Snow Valley. One of these 3 is mandated to patrol.
This is mandatory for all patrollers and candidates. NOTE to Mtn Security – you will have separate training on this day unrelated to OEC.

These dates are being provided 4 months in advance for your planning purposes, so please block out these dates now. We’d prefer you come to Bear Mtn for this training if possible.

******** NEW DETAILS (Updated on September 3, 2014) ********

Please find your group below and read the associated details:

NEW CANDIDATES: Welcome aboard! You’ll likely feel out of place this weekend, but we all did at one time. This weekend will hold two days of training and our annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night at Bear Mountain. Spouses/Significant others are welcome at the banquet and always a good time to let them see the type of people you’ll be working alongside.

Saturday – You’ll learn some new skills on the mountain and hear from the Big Bear Resorts management team. This is also the day you’ll register for the National Ski Patrol ($100 annual dues) and have a chance to outfit yourself in our Patrol apparel – shirts/hats/hoodies.

Sunday – You’ll break off with the rest of the new candidates to join our Mountain Security Team with their training program. Whether you plan to be a Patroller or remain on the Mountain Security staff, all new candidates will train together all day until about 2:30. Keep in mind, Mountain Security is the equivalent of our Patrollers without the medical service. (They are not a security patrol!)

More details about what to bring, what to wear, what to expect, will come out in early Oct. Do keep in mind that this is a MANDATORY weekend, especially for you, our new candidates, so we cannot make any exceptions for make-up meetings, unfortunately. So put Oct 25-26 on your calendar in pen.

RETURNING PATROLLERS: Sorry to interrupt your summer, but welcome back! We will be starting at 7:30 on both Sat and Sun, trying to wrap up by 3:30 each day. The OTH will take place on Saturday and keep in mind that the ONLY make-up for the OTH is Sat, Oct 18th at Bear. You need to contact me if you plan to use this alternate OTH date. CPR will be offered on Oct 25th, but will not be offered on Oct 18th.

The OEC Refresher for Cycle A is on Sun. We will also have the CPR refresher all day. There are several alternate dates on our website for the OEC Refresher portion if you can’t make Oct 26th. Claremont is 9/25, Snow Valley is 10/11 and Burbank will host an ALL CYCLE Refresher on 11/22 if you need any of the 3 cycles. Check the website for further details and times.

For our Banquet, we are requesting that each Patroller seek out 1 raffle gift for what plans to be the richest raffle yet with skis, snowboards, gear and more.

RETURNING MTN SECURITY:  Good to have you all coming back! We’ll have another full weekend for you with the OTH on Sat, starting at 7:30, ending by 3:30. If you cannot make the OTH, which is mandatory for all, your only make-up opportunity is Sat Oct 18th at Bear. Let me know if you plan to attend that. If you can’t make either, you can’t be on the mountain this season, so please plan accordingly.

Sunday will be separate training away from the OEC Refresher. Those of you who have been on our MS staff for at least 2 full years have the option to help our OEC Instructors during the refresher. Please let me know if you’re interested. Otherwise, you’ll be with the MS training crew from 7:30 to approx. 2:30. We will recertify everyone on basic first aid – Outdoor First Care.

For our Banquet, we are requesting that each MS staff seek out 1 raffle gift for what plans to be the richest raffle yet with skis, snowboards, gear and more.