The NSP Mountain Host

Mountain hosts have become a vital addition to ski area staff and are common at resorts across America. These individuals interact with guests to promote safety and provide customer service.

If you are interested in serving people who engage in outdoor recreation, but not interested in becoming a patroller, you can consider becoming a host.  Hosts serve in a variety of roles, but are trained as first responders through the Outdoor First Care (OFC) course.  This required first aid course includes content knowledge and hands-on skills training.  OFC only costs $25.00 and provides a two-year certification upon completion.  Subsequent renewals of OFC may be completed at no additional charge.  All OFC courses are offered through host units or patrols and course schedules vary.  Please find patrol contact information on the NSP website under About Us/Who's Who/Divisions and Patrols.

Dues for mountain hosts are $55 per year.

NSP mountain hosts receive an array of NSP member benefits, including:

  • An annual subscription to Ski Patrol Magazine.
  • The ability to purchase all NSP Online Store items except patrol uniform-specific items. 
  • All NSP Pro Deals.
  • The ability to participate and be credentialed in NSP training or education programs.
  • Comprehensive support services.
  • Online resources.
  • Annual updates.

For more information on the National Ski Patrol Mountain Host Program, or to get a unit or individual application, contact NSP Member Records at or (303) 988-1111.