The National Ski Patrol at Mt Bachelor: Who We Are
The Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol is an organization that provides first aid and rescue services to skiers and participants of other snow sports, at the ski area and in the immediate back country area surrounding Mt. Bachelor.
Contrary to the name's implications, ski patrollers can be snowboarders in addition to alpine, telemark, or nordic skiers. The Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol also has a non-skiing position, called auxiliary, that provide emergency care in a first aid room.
Jack Staton: Founder of the Mt Bachelor NSP
Serving the Community Since 1958
Jack Staton and his fellow patrollers started this volunteer ski patrol over 50-years ago, and is still running rescue toboggans to assist with injuries at Mt. Bachelor.
The National Ski Patrol (NSP) celebrates its 70th anniversary in March 2008. Our own Mt. Bachelor NSP operates under the national charter that include 10 geographic Divisions and one Professional Division. There are approximately 2,300 members in the Pacific Northwest Division, that includes the Oregon Region, Mt. Hood Region, Inland-Empire Region, Southern Idaho Region and Northwest Region.
The National Ski Patrol (NSP), founded in 1938, has followed its creed of "Service and Safety" since the establishment of skiing as a popular sport in the United States. Today the organization is composed of more than 26,000 members serving over 600 patrols. These individuals include alpine, snowboard, and nordic patrollers who are paid or who volunteer their time throughout the United States and at certain military areas in Europe.
As snowsports and guest services at areas have evolved over the years, so has the NSP, from a service organization to a modern-day professional education association. Other snowsports such as snowboarding, tubing, and snow-skating introduced new equipment and new terrain, which in turn required developing and teaching new safety and emergency care training methods. Increased access to the backcountry, beyond ski area boundaries, has also meant new training regimens for member of the NSP.
The organization’s members are engaged in the promotion of safety programs across the outdoor recreation community. NSP members work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall snowsports experience for outdoor recreationists. The National Ski Patrol has worked closely with other countries in outdoor emergency care education and has assisted in establishing patrol associations in Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey, Argentina, and Chile as well as the Victorian Rescue Service in Australia.
Since 1938, the nonprofit National Ski Patrol has dedicated itself to - and has become the preeminent authority on - serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and credentialing to emergency care and safety services providers.