Industry Press Release

National Ski Patrol: Supporting The Team


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Denver, CO (September 8, 2011) What IS the National Ski Patrol? More than keeping skiers and snowboarders safe on the hill and taking them down when they get injured, the NSP has been providing a network and support system to its members for over 70 years, exploring and evolving the high standards of on-slope safety and service, training, education and community for those who wear the cross.

Through ongoing education, training and service, the NSP has become the voice and character of snow sports rescuers nationwide. Founded in 1938, the NSP has grown to almost 30,000 volunteers (“volleys”) and pro patrollers at over 650 patrols across the United States.

NSP benefits include an award-winning training program for patrollers and other outdoor enthusiasts who deal with emergency scenarios. NSP’s Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) certification is a competency-based course that teaches individuals how to deal with emergencies in the outdoor environment. Special emphasis is put on cold-weather illness, high altitude illness, ski and snowboard injuries, wilderness extrications and the specialized equipment needed for emergency care and transportation in any environment.  NSP also offers education programs in Avalanche, Mountain Travel, and Rescue and Instructor Development.

In addition to ensuring the highest standard of education for patrollers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the NSP promotes snow safety to the skiing and snowboarding public ensures national continuity in safety and education services, and exists as a national forum for members and groups to communicate.  Further, NSP advocates on behalf of patrollers within the legislative structure to ensure continued accreditation of OEC and to make sure legislation protects those who protect the visitor.

The NSP was founded to support those who dedicate and risk their lives for the rest, who love to ski and ride.


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About National Ski Patrol

The National Ski Patrol is a federally-chartered nonprofit membership association dedicated to serving the public and the mountain recreation industry. For 74 years, the NSP has been at the forefront of safety and emergency care education programs. The association’s 28,000 members represent 98 percent of the nation’s patrollers. For more information, log onto