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Do you have what it takes to join the Big Powderhorn MOUNTAIN Ski Patrol?

Do you love the outdoors and want to help people? The National Ski Patrol (NSP) is a non-profit organization chartered by the United States Congress, and which was first formed in 1938 to provide care for injured skiers. 

Serving the public as a member of the National Ski Patrol is a challenging and rewarding experience. Members work every day to help keep the skiing and snowboarding public safe, assisting guests, learning emergency care techniques, and improving our skiing and snowboarding skills.

At our patrol, we offer primary patrollers great benefits in exchange for covering a minimum of ten days per season.

If you are currently a patroller elsewhere and interested in our patrol, consider visiting us as a  guest patroller  or as a secondary patroller.

Do you have credentials in a health care/first aid field (EMT/Paramedic/etc) ?
You may be eligible to join with modified training requirements and/or challenge the test, so ask us about that!

Candidates must become trained and certified in Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) by the National Ski Patrol and complete additional training in ski /snowboard skill, toboggan handling, and ski lift evacuation. Ski Patrol candidates that successfully complete all training will become credentialed as a Basic Alpine Patroller the following winter. Patrollers are then required to attend annual training including an OEC refresher course offered each fall, must maintain their CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification; and annually demonstrate their competence in skiing / snowboarding, toboggan handling, and ski lift evacuation. Additional training is available to enhance patroller skills.

If you are interested in joining us, your first step is to contact us to set up a meet and greet with some of our patrollers so we can get to know each other, ideally during the ski season so that we can ski/ride along with you and assess your skiing ability and level of training necessary. If you’re selected into a Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol candidate class, you will then proceed into training courses as they are scheduled.

If you are interested in joining our patrol or signing on, please fill out the form below or contact US at [email protected] for additional information – we look forward to SKIING WITH YOU!


NSP History

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.


Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol Training