1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360
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Our Patrol

History of the NSP

Since its formation in 1938, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) has evolved into one of the largest outdoor-winter rescue organizations in the world. It is composed of more than 28,500 members serving over 600 ski patrols including volunteer, paid, alpine, snowboard and Nordic patrollers throughout the United States and certain military areas in Europe.


In 1980, the National Ski Patrol was recognized as a Federal Charter by the United States Congress. This is a coveted endorsement that only a few other American institutions, such as the Red Cross, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts, have earned. The Charter stipulates the promotion of safety and health in skiing and other outdoor winter recreational activities. The NSP membership provides countless years of service and devotion to the skiing community by providing safety education, emergency care, and rescue services.


The Mad River Mountain Ski Patrol consists of over 100 dedicated volunteers providing ski and boarding safety at the Mad River Mountain Ski Resort. Our responsibilities include hill safety, skier/rider safety education, emergency care and rescue. Our mission is to serve the skiing public without charge in the rescue and first aid treatment of injured skiers, offering this service in a courteous manner, affording the best public relations possible for the Mad River Mountain Ski Area Resort and our organization.

Want to Join our Patrol?

We don’t require a medical or a first responder background. We only require that you have a willingness to learn, the desire to help others, and a positive attitude. Our all volunteer organization attracts members from almost every background and experience. Since our work is snowsport oriented, you will get a tremendous amount of skiing/riding during the ski season. Aside from receiving some of the best emergency care education and training, you will be involved with a great group of people where camaraderie and FUN rules! To learn more about  the National Ski Patrol  check out this video or vist NSP.org


More Questions? Visit the FAQ’s page!

FAQ’s about joining the patrol!

Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

Know the Code

– Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. People ahead of you always have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.         

Stay In Control

– You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. Whenever you start downhill or begin merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. Always use devices to prevent loose equipment from running away

Know Your Surroundings

– Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. 

Patrol Stories

These are some stories from long time patrol members about the history and legacy of the Mad River mountain Ski Patrol and the National Ski patrol!

Ski Patrol Stories

Rick Shieltz