About Yawgoo Valley National Ski Patrol
Yawgoo Valley Ski Patrol is a 50+ member patrol providing Yawgoo Valley Ski Area with a variety of services, including safety patrols, trail monitoring, and closures, on-the-hill and off-the-hill first aid, emergency transportation from the hill, and lift evacuation in the event of a lift failure. We operate out of a state-of-the-art facility completed in February 2004. This facility includes an office area, kitchen, patroller room, boot storage closet, and a fully-equipped patient evaluation room. Yawgoo Valley Ski Patrol and all of its patrollers are proud members of the National Ski Patrol.
National Ski Patrol education programs offer you the chance to obtain world-class training. Learn about emergency care practices, search and rescue techniques, avalanche control, mountaineering, toboggan handling, and many other interesting and essential skills. The most rewarding part is taking what you learn and putting it to the test on the slopes. Take your passion for snow sports to the next level by attending our candidate recruitment day where you are invited to meet our patrol. This is your opportunity to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, how the patrol operates, what is expected of its members, as well as a chance for the patrol to evaluate your individual talents and abilities.
Become a Patroller
We're always looking for motivated individuals interested in joining our organization. All patroller candidates are required to complete the National Ski Patrol (NSP) Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course. This 100+ hour course is generally held at Yawgoo Valley each year, from mid-August through November. Medical professionals (EMTs, nurses, physicians) can challenge the course.
All patroller candidates must also join the National Ski Patrol and attend the annual Fall NSP OEC refresher, either at Yawgoo Valley or another ski area offering the course. All patrollers and candidates are required to sign up for at least ten, half-day pre-scheduled duty shifts per year. Assignments are made early in the season based on scheduling constraints provided by each patroller. Patrollers and candidates are welcome to patrol as often as they like in addition to their pre-scheduled shifts.