Liberty Seeking Patrollers for Next Year
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Liberty Ski Patrol is actively seeking applicants for this coming year’s candidate class, particularly snowboarders. Interested persons can learn more about the training at the patrol website at

In order to be accepted as a candidate patroller, applicants will need to demonstrate strong skiing or boarding skills (not necessarily expert - but enough skill to ski or board all trails at Liberty in control), an ability to work as part of a team, a willingness to learn, and an overall friendly, people-oriented demeanor.

Applicants will be asked to ski or ride along with a patroller. There will then be a formal “ski-off” on February 25th. After the ski off, applicants will be interviewed and contacted by mail.

Friday night classes usually start in June and are normally held in Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. There is a break in July and August with classes resuming in September. Towards November, the classes move up to Ski Liberty.

Although the time commitment is pretty tremendous the first year (every weekend), if successful, candidates will come out of it with Emergency First Responder certification and a huge leap in their ski/ride abilities.

Thereafter, the time commitment for patrollers is one weeknight shift (6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) every other week and one full weekend every three weeks. Perks for patrollers include a season pass good at Liberty/Whitetail/Roundtop for themselves and members of their immediate family (or their own season pass and 20 8-hour tickets good anytime during the season), pro deals on equipment, discounted meals at Liberty, and 100 new friends to ski/ride with!

Interested persons can contact Bob Starr, recruiting coordinator, directly at or call him at (301) 309-2550 (he prefers e-mail).

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About James Chen

James "Jim" Chen" is a member of the National Ski Patrol and Assistant Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain ski area in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Jim has been a member of the Liberty Patrol since the 1995-1996 season. Off the slopes, Jim is an attorney in Washington, D.C. where he counsels clients on transportation, innovation, safety and environmental areas.

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