Afton Alps Ski Patrol

About Us

The Afton Alps Ski Patrol is a member of the National Ski Patrol and adheres to their level of accreditation and education in providing services to the skiing public

The National Ski Patrol

Vision Statement

The National Ski Patrol is a member-driven professional organization of registered patrols striving to be recognized as the premier provider of training and education programs for emergency rescuers serving the outdoor recreation community.

Mission Statement

The National Ski Patrol is a member-driven professional organization of registered ski patrols that supports its members and the public through education and training in:

• Outdoor Emergency Care;

• Avalanche safety;

• Slope safety programs;

• Transportation;

• Instructor Development; and • Leadership.



NSP has a long and storied history, starting over 70 years ago. You are a part of that history as a member and supporter of the organization. Wear your NSP shield with pride, knowing that the generations that came before set the stage for a level of service and safety that is unparalleled in the industry. In March 1938, while officiating a ski race at Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vt., Roger F. Langley, then president of the National Ski Association, had an industry-changing idea. Langley was so impressed by the organization of the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol that he asked its founder and leader, Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, if he would organize a national patrol like the one at Mt. Mansfield.


Not one to shy away from a challenge, and having lost a friend on the slopes two years earlier, “Minnie” accepted, and the NSP was born. During World War II, Dole also helped establish the 10th Mountain Division. At the time, the NSP was the only civilian organization authorized to screen applicants for the military, with many ski patrollers among the first to sign up. These men later went on to develop several major ski areas after the war, including Aspen and Vail, helping to grow the nascent American ski industry.


In 1980, the NSP was granted a federal charter by the U.S. Congress. Today, as a nonprofit, NSP continues to adhere to the creed of “Service and Safety” established in the 1930s. However, as the industry has evolved, so too has the NSP. The emergence of new snow sports like snowboarding, tubing, and snow-skating has introduced new equipment and terrain, requiring new safety and rescue techniques and emergency care methods to be developed and taught. In addition, greater access to the backcountry has brought new training and regimens for NSP members.
 As the “Gold-Standard in Mountain Safety and Rescue,” the NSP is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. You are a part of an organization that is made up of more than 28,000 members serving over 600 patrols, including alpine and Nordic patrollers. Together, we work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall experience for all outdoor recreationalists.

The NSP boards of directors, staff, educators, divisions, patrols and patrollers, all have many similarities. Among these are a set of Core Values that enable us to create an organization that will achieve its mission and help everyone deliver the best possible service and safety to all outdoor enthusiasts.

Core Values



Creating a distinction of quality that surpasses the standard of performance for emergency rescuers serving the outdoor recreation community.



Providing the public with a beneficial value by encouraging, promoting, and practicing superior knowledge and skills of outdoor first aid and safety.



Establishing an exclusive alliance and community among active members, alumni, and affiliates through friendship, partnership, and a common bond.



Instituting a positive social influence of snow sport safety and outdoor emergency care through communication, demonstration, and teaching.



Upholding actions, values, methods, and principles that produce outcomes reflected by a sound moral




Reacting quickly and positively to the public with care and concern.