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News and Current Events in the Central Division


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Upcoming Events

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Each region and some sections maintain their own calendars. This list only includes the events which have been submitted to the Central Division Calendar. Any Central Division organization is welcome to add events to this calendar.

Our Programs

The Central Division is host to a variety of programs which enhance the education, and experience of our members.
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Young Adult Patrollers

The YAP Program is for Students who are interested in patrolling.


Outdoor Emergency Care

The premier Outdoor First Aid and Certification training program in the United States.

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Senior Program

The Senior Program is for tenured patrollers who are ready to take on leadership at their local patrol level.


Certified Program

The pennicle of Ski Patrolling is a Certified Patroller who has demonstrated excellence in all facets of patrolling.

Mountain rescue service on operation outdoors in winter in forest, finding person after avalanche


An introductory course in avalanche awareness.

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Recognition program for achievements as a member of the National Ski Patrol

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Instructor Development

This program is for anyone who is ready to give back and help train the next generation of patrollers.

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Mountain Bike Patrollers

Patrolling is a year-round program. When the snow melts, we ride bikes.


Outdoor Emergency Transportation

The Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) program provides NSP members with on-snow training for skiing, riding, telemark, and toboggan handling skills.

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Mountain Travel and Rescue

The Mountain Travel and Rescue program within the National Ski Patrol focuses on advanced rescue techniques and backcountry safety for patrollers in mountainous environments.


Patroller 101

Patroller 101 is an introductory training course in the National Ski Patrol. It covers fundamental skills and knowledge for ski patrollers, including safety protocols.



The National Ski Patrol Nordic program emphasizes cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, training patrollers for winter backcountry safety and rescue operations in Nordic terrain.

Recurring Annual Events

There are a variety of recurring events throughout the Central Division.

Fall Division Meeting

The first weekend after labor day is our Fall Division Meeting and Awards Banquet

Women's Clinic

The Women's Clinic, organized by the National Ski Patrol, offers tailored training and assistance for female ski patrollers, emphasizing their distinct needs and professional growth. While the clinics cover topics relevant to all individuals, we've observed that women often tend to engage more actively and feel more comfortable asking questions in a women-only environment. Therefore, our women's clinic events are exclusively for female participants. For anyone who does not attend this clinic, The Ski Festival, and Powderfall offer comparable programming based on the topics which presenters choose to submit.

Ski Festival

a training conference that focuses on enhancing the skills and knowledge of patrollers in alpine (downhill) skiing and snowboarding, with a particular emphasis on safety and rescue techniques in alpine terrain

Our Sponsors

The Central Division would like to thank the following sponsors

Dan Somalski
Memorial Scholarship

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