Patroller School - Matt Nebzydoski - Program Advisor

08/26/2021 - Patroller School  at BLUE MT

Registration is at

Patrollers must also register on the National website to get credit for the Patroller School.


The NSP Easter Division is holding an Advanced Patroller School for patrollers of all levels. This year the event is being hosted at Blue Mountain!
We are also looking for volunteers as patients for Sunday's Mass Casualty Incident (great idea for patrol candidates, patrol alumni, or scouts to get volunteer merits). If interested in volunteering Sunday as a patient, please contact Sharon Friedel at
Program: Advanced Patroller School (Three Day)
Date: Friday September 24th to Sunday September 26th
Location: Blue Mountain, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, PA
Course #: E271210009
Course Lead: Jeff Baker
Contact email:
Cost: TBD
Program Description:
     This program is open to any patroller: candidate, Basic, Senior candidate, Senior, Certified candidate, Certified, Mountain Host . In this very concentrated day we will cover the areas of OEC skills, Low Angle Rope Rescue, and Chair lift evacuation. We will work on skills throughout the weekend and apply them on Sunday with an MCI drill where you will put those new skills to work. This program counts as a Senior elective.
     The hallmark of this program is that every attendee brings something to the event, skills, life experiences, ideas, and questions. We learn from each other. We discuss skills, techniques, risk management issues, and look for ways to improve our patroller skills. This program is hands-on with a focus of sharing knowledge. OEC will work on refining our patient assessments, bandaging and transportation techniques. Low Angle will practice how to set up a variety of low angle rope rescue rigs. Chair evac will practice various techniques for evacuating skiers and snowboarders out of a chair, and discuss the pros and cons of each of these techniques.
     There will be patrollers here from many different Regions, with different approaches to everything we do as patrollers. You may very well see an idea that answers a question that your mountain has struggled with for years. Our hope is that after attending this you will have learned some new ideas or techniques that you can take back to your area and share with your fellow patrollers.
      On Sunday morning we will stage an MCI and put these skills to work, to rescue a number of injured persons. Our OEC program is always fully moulaged for the realism, and that aids us as patrollers down the road. There may be other realistic sound and visual effects used based on the drill requirements
       What to bring:

Camping gear.
an open mind
questions that you have always wanted to know relative to ski patrolling
Any gear you would like to use, whether it be chair evac or low angle, CLEARLY LABELED
your first aid pack with gloves, and disposable supplies
gear appropriate to the weather forecast

       What is being provided:

Food for the weekend is included in the course fee ( you are responsible for your own beverages)
We may ask you to show your culinary skills and bring a dish to pass
We are known for feeding the participants at this school, and if you go home hungry at the end of the weekend, it's your own fault.
a fun, positive, no pressure learning environment
answers to your questions
a chance to try gear and techniques you have never tried, didn't know existed, or hadn't thought to use.Come prepared to get dirty, and maybe a little bloody (again fully moulaged). Have fun, and come to learn. This class will fill up quickly, so do not hesitate, register today!! We look forward to seeing to you in September.
Tom Wallin
Swain Ski Patrol

Patroller School