Brian Ulrich
Brian Ulrich P101 Program Supervisor

This Introduction to Ski Patrolling course identifies seven modules that need to be completed during the initial patroller-training period. It is recognized that this may not be a complete set of modules for some ski areas of the country. The objectives were developed to include minimum training objectives. Resort management may require additional aspects of training, and/or skill levels based on local needs. The training objectives can be implemented at any ski area in the country, regardless of terrain or location.

  • Module 1 Risk Management
  • Module 2 Adapting to the Outdoor Environment
  • Module 3 Toboggan Handling
  • Module 4 Scene Management/Incident Command System
  • Module 5 Rope and Belay Skills
  • Module 6 The National Ski Patrol, Ski Area Management, and the Role of the Volunteer Patroller
  • Module 7 Guest Service

Introduction to Ski Patrolling is an area-specific course that should be managed and monitored by the patrol director or NSP patrol representative to ensure the outcomes desired by area management.

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Benefits of Introduction to Patrolling are:

  • A registered Patroller 101 course ensures that your patrol’s toboggan trainers are covered under the NSP’s general liability policy while instructing your candidates.
  • A simple spreadsheet can help you better track your candidates’ progress through training.
  • Your candidates will receive the same messages about essential topics as other candidates throughout the country.
  • Your candidates will get a well-rounded patroller education. The training curriculum provides instruction in the fundamental skills needed to perform entry-level patrolling duties.

Basic Teaching Modules are:

  • Risk Management
  • Adapting to the Outdoor Environment
  • Toboggan Handling
  • Scene Management / Incident Command System
  • Rope and Belay Skills
  • The National Ski Patrol, Ski Area Management, and the Role of the Volunteer Patroller.
  • Guest Services
Presented as a modular approach, this course should be supplemented by area-specific training in policy, procedure, practice, and equipment.

How to get started:

  1. Register for the course. Go to “Member services” – log in to “Register a course” Course type = “Introduction to ski patrolling” the IOR can be an instructor from any discipline.
  2. Have candidates sign a waiver; a copy can be found in the Introduction to Patrolling manual ( Intro to Ski Patrolling Manual) or the Central Division Policy and Procedures Manual (CD P&P) , or you can use an area-specific waiver.
  3. Teach the modules and area-specific topics – You can find teaching ideas in the Introduction to Patrolling manual. (Intro to Ski Patrolling Manual)
  4. You can track your candidates’ progress with a simple spreadsheet. Here is an example: (P101 check list)
  5. 5 . Close the course. Course completion records can be sent to the National Ski Patrol Office by hard copy or mail .
  6. 6 . Give the candidates certificates of completion. These will be sent to you when you register for the course.

Note: If you wish to use any of the modules as continuing education for current patrollers, it is unnecessary to register for the course.

Introduction to Patrolling is a great way to introduce your new patrollers to the core aspects of patrolling!