Since it was founded in 1938, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) has evolved from a handful of Ski Patrollers into the world's largest winter rescue organization. For more than 50 years, NSP members have devoted a significant part of their lives to providing the skiing public with skier safety education and winter emergency care and rescue services.
As a result, the lives of many skiers have been saved, thousands of injured skiers have received prompt, skillful emergency care, and skiing/boarding has become a safer sport. Locally we are composed of over sixty volunteer and paid Patrollers dedicated to providing ski/boarding safety at Ober Gatlinburg.
Some of our responsibilities at Ober Gatlinburg is to help prevent accidents by marking obstacles and by safety education. Another one of our responsibilities is helping injured skiers and snowboarders by providing prompt, skillful emergency care.
Patrollers are on duty to assist you. Your safety is their primary concern. All injuries must be reported.
All fencing, poles, signage and other marking devices are in place to inform you of potential hazards or obstacles. The markers will not protect you from injury, and it is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas. The use of helmets may reduce the risk of injury.
Snowmaking and grooming activities are routinely in progress on slopes and trails. Use caution, ski in control and ski only on designated areas. Be aware of changing conditions; natural and man-made obstacles exist. Your responsibility code is also posted in the lodge and at the base of the slopes.
You are advised to familiarize yourself with the content of the code so as to become more aware of the elements of risk involved in the sport of skiing. Please observe all signs posted!
To become a Patroller, give us a call or contact us.