About Joining

Learn about what it means to be a Ski Patroller at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.  Learn about What Ski Patrollers do and How To become one

Who We Are:

Since 1938, the National Ski Patrol, a non profit organization has been a leading authority of on-mountain safety.  The 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. Our members work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall experience for outdoor recreationalists.  Through the good work of the NSP and its members, each year nearly 40 lives are saved and 160,000 individuals receive care from patrollers, completely free of charge.  For 75 years NSP has been supporting the outdoor recreation community  by providing emergency care training, rescue services and safety education. 

We're a different breed.

When it comes to being a ski patroller, there is no mold. There are however, some common traits that all patrollers share. National Ski Patrol members have a strong desire to help others, learn emergency care techniques, improve their skiing and snowboarding skills, and enhance the safety and enjoyment of snow sports for all. Sound like you? Read on to learn how you can join our elite team.  Treetops Resort National Ski Patrol group is a  volunteer organization. 

First on. Last off.

National Ski Patrol members support their area management in preparing the mountain in the morning, rescuing and caring for injured guests throughout the day and making sure everyone gets down safely when the mountain closes. Sure it’s a long, action-packed day, but there’s nothing more rewarding than putting in a hard day’s work while having a good time and making lifelong friends in the process. Besides, it sure beats sitting in an office cubicle all day!

Learn new skills and put them to the test.

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.

Looking for the Following Types of NSP Memberships:

Volunteer Mountain Host:  Ski/Snowboard along with the Ski Patrol, while performing on hill customer service duties and public safety programs.  Ski passes and other benefits for dedicated individuals wanting to learn new skills such as Outdoor Emergency Care, CPR/AED training and ski enhancement. 

Volunteer Alpine Patroller – Skiing/Snowboarding position where you will learn Outdoor Emergency Care program, CPR/AED and Ski enhancement training to prepare you to ski at the area, promote safety, provide emergency care to injured and or ill patrons at the ski hill and transport off the hill.  

Volunteer Patroller – A position that will learn Outdoor Emergency Care program, CPR/AED and provides emergency care to injured or ill guests, but may not transport guests off the hill/slope; may help lead training and education activities (Skiing or snowboarding skills helpful but not always mandatory).  

Are you up to the challenge?

Take your passion for snow sports to the next level by attending an applicant-screening day where you are invited to work with your local patrol. This is your opportunity to learn more about how the patrol operates and what is expected of its members, as well as a chance for the patrol to evaluate your individual talents and abilities. Simply contact the patrol director  or any patroller at Treetops Resort or complete and submit the application below to find out when we will be holding an applicant-screening day and get the complete details.  

Applicants who “pass the test” are accepted as candidates and may be required to register/make application and pay dues as candidates before participating in any OEC and  on-the-hill training, depending on the area.

Come join the 2014 Northern Michigan Outstanding small patrol and see what it is all about!