History of the NSP

Since its formation in 1938, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) has evolved into one of the largest outdoor-winter rescue organizations in the world. It is composed of more than 28,500 members serving over 600 ski patrols including volunteer, paid, alpine, snowboard and Nordic patrollers throughout the United States and certain military areas in Europe.


In 1980, the National Ski Patrol was recognized as a Federal Charter by the United States Congress. This is a coveted endorsement that only a few other American institutions, such as the Red Cross, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts, have earned. The Charter stipulates the promotion of safety and health in skiing and other outdoor winter recreational activities. The NSP membership provides countless years of service and devotion to the skiing community by providing safety education, emergency care, and rescue services.


The Pine Knob Ski Patrol consists of over 130 dedicated volunteers providing ski and boarding safety at the Pine Knob Ski Resort. Our responsibilities include hill safety, skier/rider safety education, emergency care and rescue. Our mission is to serve the skiing public without charge in the rescue and first aid treatment of injured skiers, offering this service in a courteous manner, affording the best public relations possible for the Pine Knob Ski Area Resort and our organization.

Want to Join our Patrol?

We don’t require a medical or a first responder background. We only require that you have a willingness to learn, the desire to help others, and a positive attitude. Our all volunteer organization attracts members from almost every background and experience. Since our work is snowsport oriented, you will get a tremendous amount of skiing/riding during the ski season. Aside from receiving some of the best emergency care education and training, you will be involved with a great group of people where camaraderie and FUN rules! To learn more about the National Ski Patrol please visit NSP.org