Join BMSP

Bristol Mountain Ski Patrol welcomes your interest!    

Considerable commitment and training are required for membership in the Bristol Mountain Ski Patrol.   On-the-hill patrollers must exhibit above average ski abilities, with and without the toboggan.   A "ski-off" is held in March to assess each candidate's skiing ability.   
Skiing and Toboggan (S&T) training takes place at the beginning of the following ski season from January - February, with 2 3-hour sessions/week.  Training is followed by a final on-hill test.    
Ourdoor Emergency Care training is the next step.  The National Ski Patrol sponsored Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) program runs from August to November.   Classes meet 2-3 times/week, averaging 3-4 hours per class.   Everyone who wants to be a patroller, even medical professionals, must take the OEC course.    Final evaluations include written and practical exams.   
Your first year on patrol is a probationary period after which an evaluation for continued membership in the patrol is conducted.
Each year all patrollers must participate in several refreshers before the start of the new season: CPR & AED; an on-the-hill refresher at Bristol including staged accident situations; an all-day OEC refresher where we review all aspects of our training; a blackout evacuation drill; and a toboggan-handling and ski skills check-off. Every patroller has an assigned schedule - some patrollers work day shifts only (8-hours) once a week.  The majority of the members work evening and weekend shifts, most of us work in excess of 100 hours per season. There are required patrol meetings, and on-going training through the season as new equipment becomes available. 
Initial cost to join is estimated at $350 - $400, includes pack, supplies, dues, jacket, and other items.

If you think you'd like to join us, please fill out the below application.   Be sure to click the submit button at the end.  
You will be contacted via email to confirm our interest in having you attend the next ski-off.