About Welch Village Ski Patrol
As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. The organization is made up of more than 28,000 members serving over 650 patrols, including alpine, Nordic, and auxiliary patrollers. It's members work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall experience for outdoor recreationalists.
Welch Village Ski Patrol's mission is to promote safe skiing and snowboarding among the public and provide emergency rescue and medical services to injured skiers and snowboarders. If you like skiing or snowboarding and enjoy helping people, we invite you to consider becoming a National Ski Patroller at Welch Village. We are always looking for new members willing to join our team.
Joining the patrol
Welch Village Ski Patrol is a member of the National Ski Patrol organization and is a volunteer and non-profit organization. There is a commitment of time, effort, and money to participate, particularly in the first year.
Each summer, an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) training class is offered at Welch. OEC is similar in content to an EMT class, but OEC is shorter (about 50-60 hours). After you go through the OEC class and pass the test, candidates go through hill training from the start of the season through mid-February. Upon completion of the OEC class and hill training, you are then qualified to provide emergency first aid to the skiing public and transport patients via a toboggan to the aid room. Upon successful completion of hill training, a patrol jacket and first aid pack are required at a typical cost of $250 or more.
If you are interested in joining the Welch Village Ski Patrol, please send an email to Matt Stordahl, Welch Village Ski Patrol Director.