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. Candidates may apply for the OEC portion of the Senior module going into their 3rd year of patrolling and with their Patrol Director's recommendation. Patrollers may apply for participation in the Senior Patroller OET program at any time after becoming a NSP member, obtaining Patroller status, and obtaining their Patrol Director's recommendation. Skiing and toboggan handling skills should be proficient on “More & Most Difficult” terrain.

Contact:  Pam Carson, Senior APL BBSP/Southern Idaho Region Senior Coordinator  Email: Phone: 208-860-0407


The mission of the Aid Room-Module of the Senior Program (AR-MSP) is to provide the Senior Patroller Candidate an opportunity to demonstrate a global expertise in the operation of the Aid Room and care of patients.


The AR-MSP is a required component of the National Ski Patrol’s (NSP) Senior Program for Senior Patroller Candidates. The AR-MSP encompasses training where the Senior Patroller Candidate will:

  • Demonstrate Aid Room procedures that foster an organized and efficient operating environment

  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical interventions

  • Demonstrate and utilize strategies for conflict resolution

  • Demonstrate the ability to interface with agencies in the continuum of patient care

  • Demonstrate skills and strategies for interfacing and communicating with patrollers and area management


    The Goal of the AR-MSP is to enhance the Senior Patroller Candidate’s skills and knowledge of aid room procedures and related area policies. Training emphasizes further development of skills in leadership, decision making and problem management while enhancing existing OEC aid room skills. The Module also prepares Senior Patroller Candidates for leadership roles within the NSP.

Voted 2018-2019 Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol


Committed to safety and service, the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol is comprised of volunteers and paid staff who act as the first line of safety at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.


From alpine patrollers on skis and snowboards to aid room workers, nordic ski patrollers, mountain hosts, and mountain bike patrollers, we provide first aid and emergency transportation services to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area year-round under an agreement with the National Forest Service.


As a non-profit organization, we are constantly looking for support by means of volunteers, donations, and of course, high fives on the mountain!


If you are interested in supporting BBSP, please contact us at


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 always accepting applications for the upcoming patrol year. This year's class is full but we would like to ski with you this winter to start the candidate process for next 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.

Note: If you are looking to join the Professional Ski Patrollers who are there to cover the mountain during the week and nights, please complete an application on the Bogus Basin website. Jobs are usually posted mid-September.

You Must Apply Click to fill out our online application to join the volunteer patrol.

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.  While we do accept applications year round, there is only one entry point into our new patroller training program.

1)   S.W.A.P. (Ski With A Patroller) which spans between Mountain Opening and March/April.

2)   Spring Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) which begins in early April (NSP # required to participate).

3)   On The Hill OEC Certifications (Dec - Jan)

4)   Toboggan Training / Certification (Late Jan - Early March)

To become a Basic Patroller, only the OEC is required.  To become an Alpine Patroller you must complete the toboggan training.   It is required in 2019 / 2020 season to start with S.W.A.P.   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, and 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.



Denise McLaughlin Patrol Director
Pam Carson Senior Assistant Patrol Leader
Ben Jarvis Assistant Patrol Leader
Melanie Smith Assistant Patrol Leader
Carol Peterson Treasurer
Melanie Smith First Aid Chair
Toboggan / Transportation Chair
Joe LaGue Member At Large
Tim Coggburn Member At Large
Omar Fricke Area Liaison
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