2018 marks the 80th anniversary of our National Ski Patrol!
Founded in 1938 by Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) follows the enduring creed of “Service and Safety”, maintaining a strong presence in mountain communities across the country.
With its long-standing and distinguished legacy of service, the NSP is one of the few non-profit organizations that’s been recognized with a federal charter by the US Congress. Under this charter, the NSP strives to support the public by promoting on-mountain safety and education programs for its members, volunteers and winter recreation enthusiasts.
Since its establishment in 1938, the NSP has led the outdoor industry in these winter safety and emergency care education programs, especially professional training for both paid and volunteer patrollers. More than 30,000 trained patrollers now serve in over 650 patrols across the US and abroad.
For eight decades, these highly skilled staff and volunteers have championed the creed of “Service and Safety” in our mountain communities and become an iconic part of our mountain culture. These individuals remain dedicated to providing programs and rescue services that greatly improve our experiences as outdoor enthusiasts, skiers and riders each season.
The next time you see a patroller on the mountain, give them a big thanks or high five and let them know their dedication is appreciated!
Visit www.nsp.org to learn more, become a member and sign up for programs with your National Ski Patrol.