Far West Division National Ski Patrol

Far West Division Alumni Program
Alumni Celebration Week is cancelled for 2021 due to pandemic; but mark your calendar to join us in Whitefish, MT, in 2022 for our annual Alumni Celebration Week, February 27 to March 5, 2022.

Join fellow alumni, family and friends for 4 days or a week of exciting skiing, tours into Glacier National Park and revisiting old NSP times. We have a special rate for one of the nicest hotels in the area, just $79 a night, and Whitefish Mountain, annually rated in the top 30 ski and board destinations in the US, offers special low rates for seniors over 62, and really low rates for seniors over 70. Fun for alumni, family and friends! For more info:

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Alumni members receive the following benefits:
  • An annual subscription to Ski Patrol Magazine.
  • The ability to purchase all NSP Online Store items except patrol uniform-specific items and access to all Pro Deals, excluding Black Diamond and including limited Patagonia discounts.
  • The ability to participate and be credentialed in an NSP training or education programs.
  • Continued years of NSP service.
  • Voting rights in board elections.
  • Online resources and NSP support services.
  • Annual updates.
  • Invitations to special alumni events like the Northstar celebration.
Alumni program is growing in the Far West Division!
We’re working to collect alumni member’s information as to your “former Patrol” and “former Region”. This will allow your former patrol and/or region to contact you for special patrol or regional events (like the Eastern Sierra Region’s Alumni Celebration Day in March). Here’s what you need to do:
If you are currently an Alumni member, please send your name, former Patrol and former Region to
FWD Alumni Advisor, who will add that insight to the Alumni database and share with your old patrol and region.
There are currently 400+ registered Alumni in the Far West Division (FWD) of the National Ski Patrol. This is a wealth of experience, talent, knowledge and dedication. While the Alumni Program is certainly an excellent way to "retire" from active patrolling it also has the potential of a vast resource of needed skill and expertise to supplement the efforts of the "active" membership.
FWD Alumni Ski Day at Heavenly, 2016

FWD Alumni met for an Alumni Celebration Day at Sugar Bowl in March, 2015

There is no doubt that your collective experience can substantially add to the current goals of your patrol, the FWD and National Ski Patrol. There are many reasons to go "inactive" beside "retirement": family responsibilities, health issues, a move to the south seas, new additions to the family, job responsibilities and so on.

What are your ideas?

With your interest and help, additional value and enthusiasm can be added to a well-established Alumni Program. Your individual input is needed to grow the Alumni Program and your ideas will be appreciated. Some possible suggested directions for alumni include:

  • A resource list of willing alumni that can be called upon from time to time to assist with specific projects and functions.
  • Alumni reunions, perhaps as part of the Divisional meetings.
  • Alumni participation in patrol training activities, as well as regional and divisional National Patroller Education Conference type events.
  • Involvement in fund raising on a local and corporate level, lobbying efforts, patrol administrative support, and numerous other service projects.
  • Documenting your patrol experiences that add to the NSP history & heritage.
  • Alumni recognition and identification such as wearing apparel.
  • Alumni perks such as ski pass discounts, access to the NSP catalogue and varied NSP “pro deals”.

Individual patrols are advised to consider the following:

  • Establishing an Alumni Advisor for your individual patrol, to take the lead on building alumni support, activities for alumni in the patrol, and opportunities for alumni who wish to remain active with their old patrol.
  • Advise current patrollers of “life after active patrolling” as an alumni in the patrol, the FWD and the NSP.
  • Keep current patrol leadership thinking of ways to retain, and involve, patrol alumni and those “contemplating going inactive”.
  • Share your patrol’s Alumni Advisor’s contact information with your region’s and the FWD’s Alumni Advisor, so individual patrols receive ongoing alumni updates and tools!


NSP Alumni Manual

Suggested job description for a patrol Alumni Advisor

Alumni Registration Form

For more information, contact
Dr Jim Margolis, FWD Alumni Advisor

Far West Division Alumni Advisor