Service and Safety……………….Since the inception of the National Ski Patrol by Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole in 1938, “Service and Safety” has been the NSP motto. Keeping people safe on the mountain and during other outdoor activities is the mission of every patroller wearing the red jacket with the white cross on back.

Could you be a patroller? Would you like to become a member of an organizations whose core values are Excellence, Service, Camaraderie, Leadership, Integrity and Responsiveness? Life happens and the patrol is continually looking for snow sport enthusiasts willing to give their time and skills to help recreationalists be safer during their outdoor pursuits.

Please fill out our “Join the BBSP application” if you are interested in trying the life of a patroller for a day. If you are looking for first tracks, you will be sadly disappointed. A patroller’s duties on those glorious powder days start with skiing the area perimeter knocking snow and rim ice off the boundary ropes and side slipping ridges made by the groomers.

You may have noticed that I haven’t said anything about exceptional ski or boarding skills. It is true that to be an alpine patroller you need to be able to ski or snowboard well and be able to confidently ski the entire mountain in all snow conditions. We also have a vital need for patrollers whose primary duties are in the aid room assisting patients as they await transportation home or to a hospital. These patrollers may prefer snowshoes or cross country skis as their favored snow sport, but they still fulfill a critical need within the Bogus Basin patrol and are respected by their peers for their patient care skills.

The upside to sacrifice is patrollers are asked to patrol 20 days a year. The downside to patrolling 20 days means skiing almost every Saturday or every Sunday of the season. So you need to give serious consideration to whether patrolling will fit into your and your family’s life style. There are some perks (ask us about them) and probably the biggest, most valued perk is new friends…friends who you will keep in touch with for the rest of your life.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the National Ski Patrol. Looking forward to skiing with you!

Think Snow!

Kelley Creamer, Patrol Leader
Bogus Basin Ski Patrol

Senior Program

The Senior Program is designed for NSP members who aspire to the upper levels of skiing/snowboarding and Outdoor Emergency Care proficiency. It provides a forum in which patrollers can enhance personal skiing/snowboarding and toboggan-handling proficiency, improve their ability to manage OEC scenarios, and expand their patrolling knowledge and skills. The Senior Program is also excellent preparation for patrollers looking to move into leadership roles in the NSP. The Senior Program consists of core and elective requirements designed for alpine patrollers, Nordic patrollers, and other patrollers, with variations for each discipline.

For additional information contact:

 Pam Carson, Senior APL BBSP/Southern Idaho Senior Coordinator

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2018/2019 Ski Seasons Starts Saturday, 8 Dec 2018!

Great early season snow conditions and excited snow sports enthusists mean we will need to be on our game as the season gets under way. Expect cold temps and clear days so dress warm. Keep up your snow dancing! Local weather news is that Bogus may get up to 18 inches of new snow over the next 10 days. Check the eBlast page for information on more upcoming events.

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It Seems Like Closing Was Just Last Week!

Summer was a blast and Summer Operations a huge............huge success! But, the days are starting to cool a bit so fall is around the corner and with fall comes our OEC class for our candidates and Bogus Basin Ski Patrol's Fall Refreshers. 

  • The BBSP OEC class schedule is on the calendar with the first class meeting on 6 Sept 2018. We are running a hybrid OEC class which means few lectures and lots of hands on skills training and evaluations. Patrick Arnold is the instructor of record so if you have any questions, he is the answer man. (Course P004180002)
  • Fall refreshers are on the calendar as well with the first OEC session happening on Saturday, 6 Oct 2018, (Course P004180003) at the Meridian St Luke's basement. On-the-Hill refreshers, Sunday, 7 Oct 2018 will be in the JR Simplot Lodge this year. The second On-the-Hill session will be Saturday, 27 Oct 2018. The second OEC refresher is Sunday, 28 Oct 2018, (Course P004180004) again, at St Luke's Meridian. Melanie will be the instructor of record for OEC refreshers so if you have any questions or would like to assist she is who to call.

Please go to the website and sign up for your OEC Fall Refresher as soon as you can. 

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