How to Join

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When you hear the words "ski patroller" you probably think of someone performing a mountain-side rescue of an injured skier with impressive technical skiing. While emergency care and skiing skills are an important part of the mission of the National Ski Patrol the remain just that, parts. The truth is there really is no such thing as a typical ski patroller,  it takes all kinds to make this team. 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 or snowboarding, 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!

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.


To join, contact the NSP Patrol at your local ski area. Please reference our list of Mother Lode Region patrol contacts on the Member Patrols page.