About National Ski Patrol
The Eastern Division New Hampshire Region of the National Ski Patrol has established this Web site to provide patrollers in the Region with the most current information about Region events and NSP programs, and a comprehensive, on-line information resource about activities relating to ski patrolling.
The New Hampshire Region is made up of 18 patrols and over 450 patrollers who are dedicated to serving the public and the outdoor industry by providing Emergency Care.
Some background history:
The National Ski Patrol (NSP) is the largest winter rescue organization in the world. It was founded in 1938 by Charles Minot Dole at the urging of Roger Langley. It is composed of more than 26,000 members serving over 600 ski patrols including volunteer, paid, alpine, snowboard and Nordic patrollers throughout the United States and certain military areas in Europe. The group holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United State Code.
The usefulness, stature and position of the National Ski Patrol has been attained through the devoted efforts of thousands of ski patrollers, some of whom have become involved in other phases of the sport. The NSP is continually growing and improving, offering many invaluable services to area management as well as to the public to include summertime activities such as mountain biking.
Today, the primary mission of the National Ski Patrol is educational. It is a professional organization much the same as the AMA is for doctors. Local, day to day activities by individual patrollers at individual ski areas are under the supervision of the local area management. The National Ski Patrol’s education system includes Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), Outdoor Emergency Transportation, Avalanche training, Mountain Travel and Rescue, Ski and Toboggan training and Skier Enhancement programs. NSP has grown into an authority on outdoor emergency care. In most cases an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician (OEC) is equivalent to EMT-B status.