Procrastinator Alert! Only 37 days until refreshers.

Reminder! You should have recieved your 2017 OEC Refresher Workbook by now. If you haven't, please contact Kelley and he will check your NSP records and get one coming to you.


Mark your calendars, first refresher date is 16 Sept 2016 at the Pioneer Lodge, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreational Area. first OEC refresher will be at St Luke's Meridian on 17 July 2017


Refresher Cycle A 2017


Bogus Basin Ski Patrol OEC REFRESHER—2017—CYCLE A 


Tentatively scheduled as follows:

Saturday, 16 Sept 2017 - On The Hill Refresher 07:30 - 16:00

Sunday, 17 Sept 2017 - OEC Refresher @ St. Lukes Meridian 07:30 - 16:00

Saturday, 30 Sept 2017 - OEC Refresher @ St. Lukes Meridian 07:30 - 16:00

Sunday, 1 Oct 2017 - On The Hill Refresher 07:30 - 16:00


Download OEC Refresher Cycle A Workbook here.


OEC Refresher Workbook – The workbook has been mailed to all members. If you did not get yours, you might want to check your address in the NSP system. It is also be available for download from the NSP website – Member Resources, Education Resources, OEC. Note that completing this workbook is required prior to attending any refresher, and is taken to the refresher. The IOR might not let you in without it.

Online Component of the Refresher – For those doing the Hybrid model of the refresher, or for those members who simply want to do a bit more studying in another format, the online component should be available no later than July 1. Note – this is only required for those who are taking a Hybrid model refresher, and is to be done prior to attending the skills portion of the refresher. Do not forget to print your completion certificate and take it to the refresher with you and turn in to the IOR. The IOR might not let you in without it.

Course Enrollment - Make sure that you ‘enroll’ in the refresher you will be attending via the NSP website before the date of the refresher. If you don’t enroll you will not get credit, regardless of if you attend/complete the course or not. Watch the Course Schedule on the site, and this webpage, to see the course offerings as the courses become registered over the summer and fall. Please pay attention to the ‘notes’ that the Instructors post related to details for their course. There are already courses registered for next fall. Kudos to those instructors who have planned ahead and started the process.

Refresher Instructors Guide - The Refresher Committee plans to complete this by June 1. It will be available to OEC Instructors via the website shortly thereafter. Your instructors put in a lot of time planning quality refreshers for you. Please do some homework and go to your refresher prepared to show your quality skills and knowledge of each subject. And before you end your refresher day…. Thank the instructors that put in extra time to help you be the best patroller you can be.






Register now for the Saint Alphonsus Ski & Mountain Trauma Conference and guarantee your sim sessions.  Early bird registration ends on August 15th!

Share what you've learned at the conference and be eligible to win prizes and scholarships. "Code 3" submissions are due September 11. To learn about our Code 3 awards, visit

Ski & Mountain Trauma Conference

Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:00 PM  -  Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:00 PM
Mountain Time

Sun Valley Resort
One Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Idaho 83353, USA

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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.


First on. Last off.


Bogus Basin 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.


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 follow the link below to our online application and our Director of Candidate Training will contact you.


So how do I join the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol?

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 patrol year. This year's class is full but we would like to ski with you this winter to start the candidate process for the 2017/2018 season. A candidate will invest a full year in training and successfully pass all of the training disciplines before being selected and become a voting member of the patrol.


You Must Apply Click to fill out our online application.

Ski Skills Evaluation for Alpine Patrollers

Join us on the hill on to show us your ski/riding skills. If you are sufficient with our minimum skill level, we’ll invite you to join us for S.W.A.P. Please print & complete the following waiver prior to participation.

Join us on the hill, early in the season, for a day of familiarization as you Ski With A Patroller. We’ll pair you up with one of our patrollers and give you a first hand look into a day in the life of patrolling.


New Patroller Training Cycle

It takes commitment and training to become a Bogus Basin Ski Patroller.  There are only two entry points into our new patroller training program.

1)   Fall Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) which begins in early September (NSP # required to participate)

2)   S.W.A.P. which spans between Mountain Opening and January. NSP # is required to move on to Toboggan Training.

To become a Basic Patroller, only the OEC is required.  To become an Alpine Patroller (Toboggan Certified) you must complete all three sessions.   It is recommended to start with S.W.A.P. However, Fall OEC is an alternative early entry point.  You cannot enter directly into Winter Toboggan Training without either passing the S.W.A.P program or obtaining the recommendation of the Patrol Director or their designate.  You must obtain your NSP membership prior to Toboggan and OEC Training.

The Patrol General Membership votes on candidates who have completed either the OEC portions or all portions as needed.




Thank you to all the folks that have volunteer so far this season for the Summer Patrol.  We have been very busy and learned a lot in our 3 weeks of operations.  Our focus this summer is on safety, risk mitigation and guest services.


To date, 17 incidents have been processed in our SIPP system.  This does not even cover all the Band-Aids and minor cleanups performed on the mountain!  We have had two life flight incident and the team performed admirably to respond to our patient in an expedient manner, identify injuries, secure the patient to the backboard and gurney and transport to the lift evacuation zone.  We had great support from the mountain management team for watering down the LZ and assisting with the patient and traffic control.


The pro staff has been taking on a large task of digging and placing all of the directional, trail name, trail crossing and warning signs.  This has meant a lot of hiking with equipment to dig in our granite infested mountain.


We are receiving a lot of excited and happy grins from the guests.  We are constantly greeted with high fives and thank you’s for being out on the mountain.  Some of our patients have even requested photos of those that have assisted them!  If you want to be rewarded with big smiles, this is the place to be.


We still are in a deficit for staffing in July.  If you can help out on July 22nd, 23rd, 29th or 30th please notify Denise.  She is now taking schedule requests for the months of August and September!  Please email your schedule request to Denise McLaughlin. If you have already signed up to volunteer, Denise has your lift pass and discount cards printed.  When you are up on the mountain you will be able to sign waiver forms and get your passes. 

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