The Ski Committee fully supports its leaders and hopes this page provides a useful resource of information for trip leaders and co-leaders. The Ski Committee wants to help you with problems or questions about your trip.
How do I become a Ski Leader or Co-leader?
We welcome leaders and co-leaders with new ideas and energy. Requirements for leaders in the Ski Committee are two co-leads with an approved Ski Leader (strong preference for these two co-leads to be with two different leaders), or one co-lead and one instructional at a Ski Committee Workshop. Anyone may become a Ski Co-Leader by asking the Ski Committee Chair; however, we recommend first taking the AMC Boston Chapter Leadership Training Workshop, usually offered through the Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Committee. This workshop emphasizes group safety and dynamics, and decision-making skills. Co-leaders applying for leadership status do so by submitting a "resume" to the Ski Committee Chair. Your resume should include the following:
- Brief description of yourself and your favorite places to ski.
- List the trips you've co-led with the Ski Committee or workshops you taught. Be sure to include dates, location, and leader's name.
- References from the leaders you've worked with.
- Leads or co-leads for other AMC committees. Please include leader contact information.
- Outdoor trip leadership training you have taken, such as the AMC Boston Chapter Leadership Training Program, or the AMC Mountain Leadership School.
- Other trips or groups you've organized or helped managed outside the AMC.
- Description of the what types of trips you are interested in leading with the Ski Committee.
Backcountry trips are defined as trips where, in case of emergency, you are over one hour's travel from outside help. If you plan to become a backcountry ski leader, you must take a certified Wilderness First Aid course, such as SOLO Wilderness First Aid before leading your first backcountry ski trip listed with our committee. The Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the Boston Chapter regularly sponsors WFA courses in the Boston area. The Ski Committee can assist in the paying for part of the cost of this course.
File a trip report even if the trip is cancelled. This report should describe number of participants, any accidents or problems, recommends new leaders, and other useful comments.
All participants of a trip lead by the Ski Committee must complete a Release Form. That form can be found at this link.
The Ski Committee and the Boston Chpater have a number of program and policies in place to help leaders get training and education so they can lead safe and exciting trips.
The Ski Committee offers reimbursement for certain training courses according to the policy at this link.
The Boston Chapter offers reimbursement for Wilderness First Aid according to the policy at this link.
The Boston Chapter has a Scholarship program in place until 2021 that allows certain Trip Leaders who go above and beyond to gain additional skills and knowledge so they may offer a broader range of trips and activities. The details of the program are found here.