What is An Alumni Member?
An Alumni member is a special registration category for people who, for various reasons, decide to no longer provide emergency care or rescue services, but wish to continue their relationship with the National Ski Patrol.
The NSP created the alumni member category in 1977 as a way to facilitate contact with former members and keep them informed of national events and activities. Today, there are over 2,000 alumni and secondary alumni members affiliated with the NSP.
Why should you join?
By joining as an alumni member, you can continue your involvement with the largest winter rescue organization in the world and support the NSP on a new level. If you wish, you can continue to contribute to your patrol.
As an alumni member, you won’t be required to fulfill any skill or educational requirements; however, you may decide to keep your instructorships current and serve as an instructor or in another capacity to local units of NSP.
Several ski areas have already incorporated alumni patrollers in their operations and taken advantage of their alumni’s local knowledge and experience. Alumni often attend ski patrol PR events, help recruit new members, provide administrative help, give safety talks, participate in other community service activities, and are a valued force within NSP.
Regardless of the scope of your involvement, becoming an alumni member enables you to contribute to the success of ski patrolling at both the local and national level.
As an Alumni Member of the NSP, you will receive:
- Continued service years and Member voting rights;
- A subscription to Ski Patrol Magazine;
- Access to some NSP Winter Catalog merchandise;
- Opportunities to participate in all NSP-sponsored events;
- You can easily change back and forth from alumni to active patrolling by following patrol requirements;
- Your membership dues may be tax deductible; and
- You may be listed with your home patrol on their secondary roster.
How Much Does It Cost?
Alumni dues are only $35 annually, $25 of which covers program administrative costs; the remaining $10 is returned to the division with which the alumni Member is affiliated. For more info, please contact the national office.
Active NSP patrollers who are lifetime members automatically retain their lifetime status after becoming alumni members. New and continuing alumni members who wish to become lifetime alumni members can do so for a one-time fee that helps support the NSP Endowment Fund. Alumni members with 50 years of continuous service are eligible for a free lifetime membership. This must be verified with the national office. Lifetime members receive a Lifetime Membership Pin and a walnut-framed certificate.
How to Join?
For more information about the Alumni program, contact Region Alumni Advisor Walt Gunning.