Soda Springs Ski Patrol



December, 2009


Dear Ski patrol Candidate.


Just a reminder that our candidate training starts on January 9 & 10th 2010.

Following is Soda Springs Ski Patrol introduction and candidate information. I have also included a calendar and our patroller roster.


The following information will familiarize you with the requirements of the NSP and Soda Springs Ski Patrol as a candidate and basic patroller.  You will spend the first season as a candidate training on the mountain and will maintain candidate status until you have completed your Outdoor Emergency Care, (OEC) course and completed the Ski & Toboggan and OEC on the hill testing.  The (OEC) course is a classroom course given during the summer months.  If you are a qualified First responder or physician, you may challenge the OEC course.  The fee and material for the OEC challenge is the same as the OEC course. 


You will need good all weather ski clothing; we will be training in all weather conditions.   Skis & boots in good condition and properly adjusted.  Alpine, snowboard, and Nordic skiers are welcome.


Training starts the second weekend in January, (Jan 9th and 10th), both Saturday and Sunday and continues every other weekend for six weekends.  Saturday is Ski and Toboggan training and Sunday is OEC training. Training days are indicated by the NSP symbol. Twelve training days are mandatory for all candidates.

Soda Springs Ski Patrol



Candidate training program, course summary


On the hill training subjects:


        Sled handling



        Ski area familiarity

        Area closures

        Lift operations and closing procedures

        Lift evacuation and area crisis plan

        Avalanche rescue and alerting

        Risk management

        Radio communications

        Ropes and knots


NSP knowledge subjects:

        History of the NSP

        NSP organization

        Legal responsibilities

        Accident reporting

        Patrol procedures

        Avalanche awareness




Soda Springs Ski Patrol



Patrol days begin at 8:00 am; Patrollers and candidates are to be dressed and ready to go by 8:20 in the First Aid Room. Morning meeting at 8:20 and on the hill at 8:30 to set up the resort. Training begins around 10:00. Actual time and meeting location will be determined by the instructors.  All candidates and assigned patrollers are required to close the resort by riding Crystal Bowl chair for sweep at 4:30. The resort is officially closed when all patrollers are in First Aid Room, (F. A. R.), and accounted for after sweep. A radio call is made to Base that the mountain is swept and closed.

At the end of the Saturday, training days there will be a short lecture on the NSP knowledge subjects in the F. A. R.


Candidate Patrollers are required to purchase a copy of the NSP Patrollers handbook. The handbook costs $15.00. We also have available Outdoor Emergency Care Study for $25.00 available on the first day of training. The OEC book is required for the summer OEC course.


We welcome candidate patrollers to shadow a patroller on other than training days using the following procedures. Call one of the patrollers on duty that day and ensure that it is OK with them that you shadow on that day.  It is important that you arrive on time, and remain all day and assist with sweep. Candidate patrollers receive a complimentary lift ticket and two $6.00 meal vouchers by the Soda Springs Ski Patrol.




As a Basic patroller, you will be required to patrol 12 assigned days.

The assigned days must be on weekends and holidays only
Holidays are defined by the Soda Springs Ski Resort manager.
You may patrol on as many additional days as you wish but they do not count towards your assigned days.
The Day on the Hill and the OEC Refresher do not count as assigned or patrol days.


Soda Springs Ski Patrol encourages further education and advanced patroller levels.  Once you become a basic patroller, you will be encouraged to work for your Senior level patroller, to attend avalanche and mountaineering courses, and to obtain NSP instructor status in many disciplines.  We offer up to two assigned days credit per year for you to attend NPS seminars.




The following is required equipment and clothing:

        Ski Patroller Handbook

        NSP Ski Patrol parka or vest

        Black or dark blue pants

        Patrollerís medical pack or vest and supplies.


Patroller annual requirements:

        Dues due by November 1st-$75.00

        OEC Refresher

        On the Hill Training

        Ski and Toboggan check off (first day patrolling)

        12 Required patrol days.  Assigned days must be on weekends and holidays only.