Types of NSP Memberships
Origins of the National Ski Patrol
                                                Alpine Patroller - A person who provides          NATIONAL SKI
The NSP was organized in 1938 and               emergency care to injured or ill area
directed by Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole as
a committee of the National Ski Association
                                                guests; also may be responsible for a wide
                                                variety of area safety activities. (A skiing or
(now the United States Ski Association).        snowboarding position).
Through his efforts as the first National
Director of the NSP, the organization           Nordic Patroller - A person who provides
spread its services and esprit de corps         emergency care to injured or ill area
across the nation. Upon his retirement in       guests; also may be responsible for a wide
1950, Dole had built the NSP into an            variety of area safety activities (A skiing
organization of 4,000 members serving           position).
300 ski patrols. During World War II, Dole
was responsible for the establishment of        Auxiliary Patroller - A person who
the famed 10th Mountain Division of the         provides emergency care to injured or ill
US Army. Applicants for this remarkable         guests, but may not transport guests off
military unit, which saw much of its            the hill/slope; may help lead training and
fighting activity in Italy, were screened by    education activities. (Skiing or
the NSP. Many individuals who were              snowboarding skills helpful but not always
responsible for the establishment of            mandatory.)
numerous ski areas in the United States
served in the 10th Mountain Division and        Medical Associate - A volunteer physician
have contributed significantly to the sport.    who assists with Outdoor Emergency Care
                                                training and general medical training of
Thanks to this distinguished legacy of          patrollers. Requires medical credentials.
altruistic service, the National Ski Patrol
was recognized with a Federal Charter by        Associate Member - An individual who
the United States Congress in 1980. This is     has a need or desire to take National Ski
a coveted endorsement that only a few           Patrol courses and be associated with the
other American institutions have earned,        National Ski Patrol.
including the American Red Cross, the
YMCA, and the Boy Scouts. The Federal           Mountain Host - An individual who has a
Charter stipulates that the NSP continue to     need or desire to take National Ski Patrol
promote safety and health in skiing and         courses and be associated with the
other outdoor winter recreational activities.   National Ski Patrol.

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The Role of the National Ski Patrol                                                                        Gain the Advantages of Higher
                                                   Joining the National Ski Patrol
The National Ski Patrol (NSP), founded in 1938,
                                                   There's really no such thing as a typical ski
has followed its creed of "Service and Safety"                                                             National Ski Patrol education programs offer
                                                   patroller. Nevertheless, when you hear the
since the establishment of skiing as a popular                                                             you the chance to learn about emergency
                                                   words "ski patroller," you probably think of
sport in the United States. As snowsports and                                                              care, search and rescue, avalanche control,
                                                   someone performing a mountain-side rescue of
guest services at areas have evolved over the                                                              lift evacuation, mountaineering, toboggan
                                                   an injured skier. The truth is, it takes all kinds to
years, so has the NSP, from a service                                                                      handling, and other interesting topics! You'll
                                                   make this team. Emergency care is an important
organization to a modern-day professional                                                                  test your knowledge and your skills with
                                                   part of the mission of the National Ski Patrol. We
education association. Other snowsports such as                                                            personalized support from your area and
                                                   educate. We communicate. We participate!
snowboarding, tubing, and snow-skating                                                                     fellow patrollers. You'll also receive a free
introduced new equipment and new terrain,                                                                  subscription to Ski Patrol Magazine, which
                                                   National Ski Patrol members are people with a
which in turn required developing and teaching                                                             provides timely information about
                                                   strong desire to help others. People who want to
new safety and emergency care training                                                                     emergency care techniques, skiing and
                                                   learn - and use - emergency care skills, improve
methods. Increased access to the backcountry,                                                              snowboarding tips, association news, and
                                                   their skiing or snowboarding, and help make
beyond ski area boundaries, has also meant new                                                             more. NSP programs are an exciting
                                                   mountain recreation safer for all. If this sounds
training regimens for member of the NSP.                                                                   challenge-in the classroom and on the
                                                   like you, read on and find out how you can join
                                                   this exclusive team.
Today the organization is composed of more
than 26,000 members serving over 600 patrols.
                                                   Find Your Niche
These individuals include alpine, snowboard, and
Nordic patrollers who are paid or who volunteer
                                                   Many ski areas depend on volunteer patrol
their time throughout the United States and at
                                                   members to meet their many needs. Other areas
certain military areas in Europe. The
                                                   employ full-time or part-time paid patrollers, or
organization’s members are engaged in the
                                                   use a combination of paid and volunteer staff to
promotion of safety programs across the outdoor
                                                   provide patrol services. We encourage you to
recreation community. NSP members work on
                                                   contact the patrol directors at the ski and
behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to
                                                   snowboard areas of your choice to get an idea of
improve the overall snowsports experience for
                                                   the specific qualifications and experience they
outdoor recreationists. The National Ski Patrol
                                                   are seeking for their patrollers. Although the
has worked closely with other countries in
                                                   national office may not know the patroller needs
outdoor emergency care education and has
                                                   at a specific area, we can direct you to patrol
assisted in establishing patrol associations in
                                                   directors near your location. In any case, the
Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey,
                                                   profile of the National Ski Patrol member is that
Argentina, and Chile as well as the Victorian
                                                   of a person willing to work hard, devote many
Rescue Service in Australia.
                                                   hours, and continually enhance personal
                                                   knowledge and skills .
The National Ski Patrol is a nonprofit
organization, deriving its primary financial
                                                   Work Hard, Play Hard
support from membership dues, donations, user
fees, and corporate sponsorships. The national
office is located in Lakewood, Colorado, and is    There's nothing more rewarding than
staffed with full-time employees to handle         putting in a hard day's work-and having a
administrative duties.                             good time doing it. The main objective of
                                                   being a National Ski Patrol member is to
                                                   support the area management function of
                                                   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.

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