Become a Ski Patroller or Mountain Host
We are always looking for motivated and talented skiers and riders to join our patrol
National Ski Patrol members have a strong desire to help others, learn emergency care techniques, improve their skiing and snowboarding skills, and enhance the safety and enjoyment of snow sports for all. We have created a program to help you succeed in your journey
You must be at least 16 years old by the end of the year you enroll. If you are younger, there is a program especially designed for you called YAP Program (young adult patroller).
Attend a Ski/Ride Along. Meet the Patrol and get behind the scenes access
Bring Your Own Equipment or Rent On-Site with included lift ticket for the day
Show us your skiing or boarding skills
Complete the Outdoor Emergency Care class taught by NSP certified instructors
Learn from a nationally recognized curriculum
Classes held at Ski Sundown each fall, with hands on training that complements book training.
Annual recertifications keep your skills current
Complete OET Training
Rebuild your ski/boarding skills from professionally trained instructors
Learn how to safely approch, care for, load and transport the patient in a first aid-toboggan
Annual recertifications keep these skills current.
Sundown Ski Patrol offers 2 types of roles : Ski Patrollers and Mountain Hosts
Ski Patrollers: support customers and the mountain by providing comprehensive medical emergency care, and medical transportation on the mountain.
Mountain Hosts: support the patrol and assist with basic emergeny care until Patrollers arrive.
Sundown Ski Patrol, Inc. offers an annual candidate training program run by National Ski Patrol System, Inc. (NSP) certified instructors, to the standards NSP holds across the USA.
The candidate classes begin in August each year.. All interested candidates will briefly meet with the key members of the team; our Patrol Director, and the head of the OEC and OET training teams. We will talk to you about the program, what we do, and how the process works. We will evaluate your skiing ability to make sure you have the basic skills needed.
Outdoor Emergency Care Training: August through December - online medical training and in-person skills development. This course combines the use of the OEC Textbook, online tutorials, videos and quizzes. These can be completed according the class schedule at your own convenience. Session are usually from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; begin late August and run to mid December
These sessions will be practical hands on sessions involving emergency medical care. They are held at Ski Sundown. The class covers all aspects of Outdoor Emergency Care, and covers everything from CPR instruction and trauma care, to environmental and medical emergencies. The course focuses on Emergency Medical Care with an emphasis on team work. Successful completion of NSP's written and practical exam is required to become a ski patroller.
Outdoor Emergency Transportation Training and Outdoor Emergency Care training: January through March each year. This training is usually held two night per week but moves the classroom out onto the mountain. On part of training each week is practicing those OEC skills in real life settings on the mountain. The second part of the training is focuses on patroller skiing or snowboard techniques combined with toboggan handling - the transportation method used to get injured skiers and boarders to the base. Candiates will be tested on their situational OEC skills, as well as their skiing and toboggan skills.
Successful participants are then recommended to the Patrol's Board of Directors to become Alpine Patrollers at Sundown
Click the following link to learn more about being a patroller with the National Ski Patrol System, Inc.:
Our patrol also has a Mountain Host Unit. As an additional set of eyes at the ski area, Mountain Hosts are trained in basic first aid skills and can be considered the “First Responders” for the Patroller’s they work with. When required, a Mountain Host can initiate life saving measures prior to the arrival of a Patroller with medical equipment. In order to be qualified as an NSP Mountain Host, a Candidate must have a CPR certificate in “CPR & AED for the First Responder”, and complete the NSP online course “Outdoor First Care”. Once they have completed the online program, they participate in an 8 hour hands-on instructional class taught by NSP certified instructors. The end of the class a written test as well as a hands-on test scenario is given.
Anyone interested in joining our dynamic group as either a Patroller or Mountain Host,
please email our membership director