Big Bear Valley National Ski Patrol (BBVNSP) is an organization of approximately 120 unpaid volunteers who are trained in first aid, Outdoor Emergency Care, CPR, and winter rescue. We are part of a larger international organization, the National Ski Patrol System (NSPS), which includes almost 27,000 patrollers. We combine our first aid and skiing/snowboarding skills to serve the ski area and public at Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake. While on duty at Snow Summit, we patrol as agents of Snow Summit and work as part of the Snow Summit Volunteer Ski Patrol (SSVSP) Department.
Our primary function is to provide basic life support, first aid, rescue, and on-the-slope transportation to injured skiers. Besides first aid and winter rescue duties, patrol members frequently assist in public relations, area operations, skier safety programs, and other actions requiring patrol involvement to ensure the general safety of the skiing/snowboarding public at Snow Summit. This may include issuing a warning to a reckless skier or snowboarder or even removing that person’s lift ticket if they are endangering the public with their actions. Besides finding us at the ski area, you may see some of our members giving presentations or demonstrations at local ski shows, ski clubs, or ski swap meets. You can identify us by the red jackets with the white cross on the back. We are the first ones on the mountain in the morning, and we are the last ones off, regardless of weather or skiing/snowboarding conditions.
We continually strive to improve our service to the skiing public as well as the ski patrol community. Our patrollers regularly help train other patrollers from many different ski areas in the western US. In the past decade our patrol has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. We have had the honor of being named the outstanding patrol in the Southern California Region eleven years in a row. The Far West Division (California, Nevada and Arizona) of the NSPS has named us the outstanding patrol in that Division six of the past ten years. Finally, the NSPS has recognized BBVSNP as Outstanding Ski Patrol in the Nation in 1995, 1998 and 2001 and runner up in 2000. No other patrol in the history of the NSPS has had this recognition three times.