AV Ski Patrol
The BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol is one of the largest Ski Patrol chapters in the United States, and twice been named "National Outstanding Large Alpine Ski Patrol" by the National Ski Patrol board. This is the highest award that a Ski Patrol can receive. It indicates a well-deserved recognition by their peers across the nation of the wonderful job that they do tending to the skiers and snowboarders at Boston Mills/Brandywine/Alpine Valley.
If you ever have a question or problem while you're out on our slopes, don't hesitate to flag down a Ski Patroller for assistance. You can easily identify a BMBWAV Patroller by their distinctive red parkas, each of which has a cross on the back.
The BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol accepts skiers/snowboarders and nonskiers for membership. If you are interested in learning more about joining the BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol, plan to attend the Meet the Patrol/Patrol Orientation Day outing on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Brandywine. You can also check out the Patrol's own Recruiting Page, which is a great resource for those who are considering joining the BM/BW/AV Ski Patrol. The next training starts in March.
You can also stop into the Patrol room while you're at the resorts and speak with any Patroller to find out more.
The National Ski Patrol The National Ski Patrol was founded in 1938. During World War II, the NSP was contracted by the War Department to recruit and train a special combat unit called the Tenth Mountain Division. In 1980 the NSP was granted a federal charter. Today, the National Ski Patrol is represented at 98% of all ski resorts and has over 29,000 members serving over 650 ski areas. They are a leading partner in the ski and outdoor recreation community as an adaptable resource of valuable individuals.
Ski Patrollers support and participate in the ski and outdoor recreation community by providing first responder emergency care, search and rescue, and education services. The National Ski Patrol has developed partnerships with the National Ski Area Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and others. Since its inception, the National Ski Patrol (NSP), has followed its creed of "Service and Safety". As snow sports and guest services at areas have evolved over the years, so has the NSP, from a service organization to a modern-day professional education association. Other snow sports, such as snowboarding, tubing, and snow-skating, introduced new equipment and new terrain, which in turn required developing and teaching new safety and emergency care training methods.
National Ski Patrol membership requires completion of the Outdoor Emergency Care training class and a Professional Rescuer CPR class. This education program starts in April and is approximately 120 hours in length. These classes help prepare Patrollers to treat injuries and illnesses with expertise and confidence.