About the National Ski Patrol
Founded in 1938, the nonprofit National Ski Patrol has dedicated itself to - and has become the preeminent authority on - serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and credentialing to emergency care and safety services providers.
About the Intermountain Division of the NSP
The National Ski Patrol is organized into geographic divisions that establish standards for training programs appropriate to the mountain terrain and specific needs of resorts and wilderness areas found in their geographic boundaries. The Intermountain Division supports the ski and bike patrols of the Intermountain West, an area falling within 100 miles of the I-15 corridor falling within Eastern Idaho, Western Wyoming, Eastern Nevada at all of Utah. The Intermountain Division brings together a mix of small local and family operated resorts, full service four-season ski/ride and bike resorts,exquisite out-of-area backcountry skiing, well-maintained nordic trails and is home to the largest ski area in the United States. Intermountain is among the six NSP divisions that offer training for the "big mountain" steep and deep patrolling experience.
Joining the National Ski Patrol
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, transportation, avalanche awareness and mitigation, and search and rescue are all important parts of the mission of the National Ski Patrol. 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, snowboarding, biking and rafting, and help make mountain recreation safer for all. If this sounds like you, read on and find out how you can join this exclusive team.
Find Your Niche
Many ski areas depend on volunteer patrol members to meet their many needs. Other areas employ full-time or part-time paid patrollers, or use a combination of paid and volunteer staff to provide patrol services. We encourage you to contact the patrol directors at the ski and snowboard areas of your choice to get an idea of the specific qualifications and experience they are seeking for their patrollers. Although the national office may not know the patroller needs at a specific area, we can direct you to patrol directors near your location. 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 .
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 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.
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 abour emergency care techniques, skiing and snowboarding tips, association news, and more. NSP programs are an exciting challenge-in the classroom and on the slopes!