We are a dedicated volunteer unit of National Ski Patrol members working to assist guests and improve safety on the 45 trails, 622 feet of vertical, 9 chairlifts, 253 skiable acres & annual average 17 feet of natural U.P. Lake Superior snowbelt snow at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort on the Gogebic Range in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Do you love the outdoors and have an interest in helping others? Join us!

Alex Young, Patrol Director
Dave Grospitz, Assistant Patrol Director



Big Powderhorn Mountain Ski Patrol Patch




First on, last off.

The Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol is a unit of the North Central Region, Central Division of the National Ski Patrol. Since its formation in 1938, the National Ski Patrol has become one of the largest outdoor rescue organizations in the world including over 31,000 members serving 650 patrols in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1980, the National Ski Patrol was granted a Federal Charter by the United States Congress. NSP’s Congressional Charter stipulates the promotion of safety and health in skiing and other outdoor winter recreational activities. As a part of it’s Federal Charter, The National Ski Patrol reports directly to the United States Congress.


The National Ski Patrol was founded by Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole in 1938 after the tragic loss of a friend due to injuries suffered in a ski related accident. He was also responsible for the establishment of the famed 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. Applicants for this remarkable military unit were actually screened by the National Ski Patrol. Many individuals who were responsible for the establishment of ski areas in the United States served in the 10th Mountain Division and contributed significantly to the sport.