Join BMSP

Bristol Mountain Ski Patrol welcomes your interest!    

Considerable commitment and training are required for membership in the Bristol Mountain Ski Patrol.   On-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.     The evaluation will look at the following skills:

  • Free skiing - ability to make short, medium, and long radius turns; ski in any conditions, including moguls or “crud”

  • Snowplow - ability to hold a braking wedge (not gliding wedge) on all terrain

  • Sideslip - ability to sideslip on appropriate terrain with controlled speed

There are 2 distinct training programs:

  • Skiing and Toboggan (S&T) training takes place at the beginning of the ski season, usually December  - February, with 2 3-hour sessions/week. Training is followed by a final on-hill test.

  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) training is typically taken the year following S&T.   The training program is developed and sponsored by the National Ski Patrol and 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.  


Each year all patrollers must participate in several refreshers before the start of the new season:

  • CPR & AED

  • On-the-hill refresher at Bristol including staged accident situations

  • All-day OEC refresher where we review all aspects of our training

  • Blackout chair-lift evacuation drill

  • Toboggan-handling and ski skills check-off


Every patroller has an assigned schedule - some patrollers work weekday 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 $400 - $450, includes pack, supplies, dues, jacket, and other items.

Your first year on patrol is a probationary period after which an evaluation for continued membership in the patrol is conducted.


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.



Accepting applications for the 2019-20 season.