About Us

Our main purpose as patrollers is to serve as first link in the chain of emergency care.  We provide first aid and transportation to injured skiers  and winter sports enthusiasts in the areas we patrol.

We also:

·         Promote safe and enjoyable skiing  

·         Assist skiers with navigational assistance

·         Work with management of areas we serve to provide trail safety

·         Advance our emergency care and transportation skills.

·         Maintain CPR certification 


The National Ski Patrol provides a wide and ever expanding range of education programs and materials designed to develop patrolling skills and credentials. Among the many course offerings are:

·         Outdoor Emergency Care

·         Introduction to Patrolling

·         Toboggan Handling

·         Mountain Travel and Rescue Levels I & II

·         Avalanche Levels I & II

·         Nordic Track/Skate and Nordic Downhill Skiing Enhancement

What is OEC?
NSP's Outdoor Emergency Care training is the premier outdoor safety education program.
  • Practical first aid skills to deal with any possible emergency in an outdoors environment.
  • Class involves 140 hours of classroom and hand-on-training lasting 15 weeks starting in August every year
  • Instruction is provided by patrol instructors from ski areas in the Genesee Valley Region
  • Course Fee includes test and relevant first-aid materials and final evaluation.
  • Your "Outdoor Emergency Care Technician" card makes you eligible to apply to any Ski Patrol in the USA to serve as a volunteer patroller and must be recertified annually.  
  • Learn more: http://www.nsp.org/EduPrograms/emergencycare.aspx
What is "Introduction to Patrolling/Toboggan Handling"
    • A 6 weekend-day training class conducted on snow by NSP trained and PSIA certified Nordic instructors

    • Basic nordic skiing skills - track and skate

    • Introduction to Search and Rescue procedures at the areas we patrol.
    • Introduction to Nordic Rescue (Sked) Toboggan, rigging, belaying, hauling and low angle rope extrication.