Sundown Ski Patrol  
Dedication, Service and Friendship

Since its formation in 1938 by Minnie Dole, a Connecticut native, the National Ski Patrol System, Inc. has evolved into one of the largest outdoor-winter rescue organizations in the world.  By way of a Federal Charter, reporting directly to Congress, it's more than 29,000 members serve over 600 ski patrols comprised of volunteer, paid, Alpine, Snowboard & Nordic patrollers throughout the United States.  The NSP membership has provided countless years of service and devotion to the skiing community.

 Click the following link to learn more about being a patroller with the National Ski Patrol System, Inc.:


Dedication, Service, and Friendship

 The Patrol, with over 100 active, dedicated, volunteer members, provides services to Ski Sundown's snow sports public.  Our responsibilities include hill safety, skier/rider safety education, emergency care, and rescue.  Our mission is to serve the snow sports public without charge, in the rescue and first aid treatment of anyone injured, offering this service in a courteous manner, affording the best Public Relations possible for Ski Sundown and our organization.

Have you ever thought of becoming a Patroller?  If you're at least 16 years old by December 30th of this year, here's how...

Sundown Ski Patrol, Inc. offers an annual candidate training program run by National Ski Patrol System, Inc. (NSP) certified instructors, to the standards NSP holds across the USA.  The program is divided into two parts.

 PART ONE: AUGUST THROUGH DECEMBER - online and Thursday Nights: This is a Hybrid On-line and classroom course. This course combines the use of the OEC 5 Textbook, online tutorials, videos and quizzes. These can be completed according the class schedule at your own convenience. Thursday night sessions from 6:30 to 9:30 will begin August 24 and run to December 14. These sessions will be practical hands on sessions involving emergency medical care. They are held in the patrol base aid room at Ski Sundown. The class covers all aspects of Outdoor Emergency Care as published in the 5th Edition of the OEC manual and covers everything from CPR instruction and trauma care, to environmental and medical emergencies. The course focuses on Emergency Medical Care with an emphasis is on team work. The patrol's OEC certified instructors provide exceptional instruction in the OEC curriculum. Successful completion of NSP's written and practical exam is required to move onto part two.

 PART TWO: JANUARY THROUGH MID MARCH: Part two is held two night per week (Monday and Thursday @ 7:00pm), but moves out onto the mountain.  On Mondays the candidates again cover OEC - but this time in the environment that a patroller will practice their skills in real life.   On Thursdays, the candidates learn basic patroller skiing or snowboard techniques combined with toboggan handling - the transportation method used to get injured skiers and boarders to the base. 

 Successful participants are then recommended to the Patrol's Board of Directors to become volunteer Alpine Patrollers at Sundown - a highly regarded team in the industry.   


 At the beginning of the 2017-2018 ski season, the Sundown Mountain Host Unit became the first Mountain Host Unit in the State of Connecticut and the 18th in the National Ski Patrol Eastern Division.

 As an additional set of eyes at the ski area, Mountain Hosts are trained in basic first aid skills and can be considered the “First Responders” for the Patroller’s they work with. When required, a Mountain Host can initiate life saving measures prior to the arrival of a Patroller with medical equipment. In order to be qualified as an NSP Mountain Host, a Candidate must have a CPR certificate in “CPR & AED for the First Responder”, and complete the NSP online course “Outdoor First Care”. Once they have completed the online program, they participate in an 8 hour hands-on instructional class taught by NSP certified instructors. The end of the class a written test as well as a hands-on test scenario is given.

 Anyone interested in joining our dynamic group as either a Patroller, or a Mountain Host, please email our Recruitment Manager stating your interest. A reply will be sent to you with the pertinent information.

Recruitment Manager:

Link to the Connecticut Region:

Link to the Eastern Region of the NSP:

Link to The National Ski Patrol System, Inc.:

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Updated: April 15 2018