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the Seven Springs Ski Patrol complete the form below or call Dick Barron at
1-800-452-2223 Ext 7814 (Tell him you saw us on the web!)
There's really no such thing as a typical ski patroller.
Nevertheless, when you hear the words "ski
patroller," you probably think of someone performing a
mountain-side rescue of an injured skier. The truth is, it
takes all kinds to make this team. Emergency care is an
important part of the mission of the National Ski Patrol. But
it's just one way patrollers help the public . We educate. We
communicate. We participate!
National Ski Patrol members are people with a strong desire to
help others. People who want to learn - and use - emergency
care skills, improve their skiing or snowboarding, and help
make mountain recreation safer for all. If this sounds like
you, read on and find out how you can join this exclusive
Gain The Advantages Of Higher Education
National Ski Patrol education
programs offer you the chance to learn about emergency
care, search and rescue, avalanche control, lift evacuation,
mountaineering, toboggan handling, and other interesting
topics! You'll test your knowledge and your skills with
personalized support from your area and fellow patrollers.
You'll also receive a free subscription to Ski Patrol
Magazine, which provides timely information on emergency
care and rescue techniques, skiing and snowboarding tips,
association news, and more. NSP programs are an exciting
challenge-in the classroom and on the slopes!
Find Your Niche
Many ski areas depend on volunteer patrol members to meet
their many needs. Other areas employ full-time, paid
patrollers, or use a combination of paid and volunteer staff
to provide patrol services. In any case, the profile of the
National Ski Patrol member is that of a person willing to work
hard, devote many hours, and continually enhance personal
knowledge and skills. Here are just a few of the ways you can
serve as a member of the patrol:
Patroller- A person who provides emergency care to injured
or ill area guests ; also may be responsible for a wide
variety of area safety activities. (A skiing or snowboarding
Nordic Patroller- A person who provides emergency care
to injured or ill area guests; also may be responsible for a
wide variety of area safety activities (A nordic skiing
Auxiliary Patroller- A person who provides emergency
care to injured or ill guests, but may not transport guests
off the hill/slope; may help lead training and education
activities. (Skiing or snowboarding skills helpful but not
Medical Associate- A volunteer physician who assists on
Winter Emergency Care training and general medical training of
patrollers. Requires medical credentials.
How You Can Join The National Ski Patrol
Volunteer and paid patroller membership requirements of
National Ski Patrol members include:
1. Association with a local patrol as an alpine skier or
snowboarder, nordic patroller, or auxiliary patroller.
2. Ability to log in a minimum of 10 patrolling sessions
each year with your local patrol.
3. Complete credentialed courses and annual training,
refreshers, and continuing education in Outdoor Emergency
Care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR-BLS for Health Care
Providers or CPR-BLS for the Professional Rescuer), skiing and
toboggan handling (except for auxiliary), and other local
patrol training requirements.
These are basic NSP requirements for all members; however,
you may be expected to undergo additional training. After
applying to join a patrol, you usually are asked to
demonstrate your skiing skills. If they are acceptable for
that patrol, you become a patrol candidate. The
education and training programs identified above are organized
through your local patrol or within the region where your ski
area is located. After passing all performance objectives
(written and practical) and demonstrating your competency in
all education and training programs, you will be invited to
officially join the patrol as a patroller.
We encourage you to contact the patrol directors at the ski
areas of your choice to get an idea of the specific
qualifications and experience they are seeking for their
patrol members. Although the national office may not know the
patroller needs at a specific area, we can direct you to
patrol directors and NSP
officers to contact within your location.
registrants are individuals who may participate and be
credentialed in NSP training or education programs, but have
no patrol affiliation, no patrol skill designations, and do
not perform any on-the-hill/trail ski patrolling duties. These
registrations go directly to the national headquarters.
Work Hard, Play Hard
There's nothing more rewarding than putting in a hard day's
work-and having a good time doing it. The main objective of
being a National Ski Patrol member is to assist area
management in caring for injured skiers and in making mountain
recreation safer and more fun. But, there are many other
benefits. You'll be a respected part of the industry. You'll
perfect your skills. And you'll make friendships that will
last a lifetime.