Every year people become lost in the mountains and ski areas of the alpine country. To care for people in the snow, all ski resorts maintain skilled Ski Patrols throughout winter months.

Ski patrollers can easily be identified in all resorts by their distinctive uniform with a cross.
They are highly trained to deal with injured skiers and boarders, both within the resort and beyond resort boundaries. Patrollers open and close trails and runs, and mark hazards. For your safety, as well as that of others, obey the signs that are displayed by the Ski Patrol.

  The main purposes for operating these Ski Patrols are to:
• Administer First Aid assistance to injured persons on the snow;

• Transfer those requiring further medical attention to resort or other advanced
medical care;

• In conjunction with the State police and other emergency services, to search for and rescue skiers/boarders lost in alpine areas;

• Serve the public with other assistance and skiing/boarding information;

• Improve safety standards in alpine resorts,
and reduce the accident rate.


Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.