The Tukino Ski Patrol is a voluntary group of members of the Aorangi, Desert Alpine and Tukino Alpine Sports Clubs, all of which have lodges at Tukino.

Any member of the above clubs or other persons who are interested in becoming a volunteer ski patroller at Tukino can apply to join the patrol.


The minimum requirements for a Tukino Ski Patroller are:

Possess a current St John First Aid Certificate or equivalent.
Have at least an intermediate skiing / boarding ability.
Have a reasonable fitness level.
Have a good sense of adventure and humour.

Patrol Duties

The patrol meets with the Tukino Skifield Manager at 08:30 am each morning for a daily briefing and patrols the Tukino Skifield until after it closes at approximately 4:30 pm. Patrollers normally get a short (lunch) break during the day. 

Personal ski or snowboard and good cold/wet weather clothing in case of wet or cold conditions is required. Remember that you may be patrolling in conditions that are less than favourable.

Daily duties include:

  • Pre-opening safety routines.

  • Putting out and monitoring compliance with safety signs.

  • Checking tow safety circuit operation.

  • Teach skiers and boarders the correct (and safe) use of the nutcracker tows.

  • Checking for safe skiing and tow use.

  • Public relations with the skiers and boarders at Tukino.

  • Patrolling the slopes for any accidents.

  • Treatment and transport of any injuries.

  • Assisting the Snow Safety Officer with avalanche safety work.

  • Assisting the Tow Operator with the safe operation of the tows.

  • Closing “Sweep” of the skifield when the tows close for the day.

  • Regular training exercises.


There is no payment for patrolling at Tukino, however Volunteer Ski Patrollers do not pay any tow fees if they are rostered on duty. Rostered ski patrollers also have their on the mountain accommodation / food provided free of charge. Volunteer patrollers need to be a member of one of the ski clubs at Tukino (or NZAC) to take advantage of this free accommodation / food. Regular on field training and exercises are run to ensure that all patrollers are familiar with the patrol duties, equipment and emergency procedures at Tukino.

If you are interested is a career in the Snowsport industry, have a look at the educational opportunities available for Workplace Training at Tukino on our NZQA Workplace Training web page.


Provide Basic Life Support - Unit Standards 6400, 6401, 6402 (Level 1-3).

This is a basic First Aid Course which is a prerequisite for persons wishing to join the Tukino Volunteer Ski Patrol.

Obtaining an outdoor focused First Aid Course qualification is preferable to an urban focused course.

Provide Basic Emergency Care - Unit Standard 29321 (Level 3).

This Unit Standard replaces the old Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) qualification which expires at the end of 2019.

Lakes Medical Services Trust (LMST) plan to have this course available in 2020.

Interested in becoming a Tukino Volunteer Ski Patroller?

Contact the Tukino Volunteer Ski Patrol Coordinator (Phil Muller):

Email: or Phone: 021-807 255

A Training and Selection Weekend is normally held June each year where you will have a chance to see what becoming a Tukino Volunteer Ski Patroller is all about. For prospective members of the patrol, attendance at this Training and Selection Weekend is compulsory.