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Transportation Program

Unique to the National Ski Patrol, the Transportation Program offers guidelines for area management to use to set the standard of training for its patrollers who operate toboggans. From training of basic candidates to honing the skills of Transportation instructors, this program ensures training opportunities for members of the NSP. As part of our efforts to modernize. the Alpine Toboggan Training VHS has been converted to a digital format and uloaded on our YouTube channel. You can view it there for free. This video, produced in 1997, is required viewing for the Toboggan Enhancement Seminar.

Skiing Enhancement Seminar (Alpine/Nordic)

The division supervisor for NSP’s Ski and Toboggan Program and the division representative for the PSIA National Education Committee coordinate this seminar to provide NSP members with professionally organized ski instruction. The alpine seminar is designed to improve the skiing/snowboarding skills of NSP members and to improve the patroller image within the snowsports industry, and in the public’s view. The Nordic version is designed to accomplish the same objectives in the Nordic discipline. Both seminars help patrollers focus on techniques to ski more efficiently and identify their strengths and weaknesses. They also provide exercises to help participants improve their skiing and snowboarding skills after the seminar.

Prerequisite: Current NSP member
Time Commitment: One day
Fees: National—none; PSIA division clinic charges (course and instructor); Division—varies; Lift tickets
Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement
Continuing education/refresher requirement: None
Instructor of Record: PSIA division clinic leaders; qualified and screened PSIA Certified Level III instructors
Required Text: None
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Toboggan Enhancement Seminar (Alpine/Nordic)

The goals of this course are to improve the toboggan-handling skills of NSP members, improve patroller image within the snowsports industry, maintain interest in patroller education, and provide a valuable program for the industry. The participants will demonstrate the ability to identify personal toboggan-handling strengths and weaknesses, develop individual activities/exercises for continued improvement, and identify opportunities for additional training at the patrol level.

Prerequisite: Current NSP member
Time commitment: One day
Fees: National—none; Division—varies; Local—varies
Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement
Continuing education/refresher requirement: None
Instructor of record: NSP Transportation instructor
Required texts: None
Recommended references:

Ski Trainer's Workshop (Alpine/Nordic)

This workshop is designed for NSP transportation trainers and evaluators. It helps NSP trainers use observational clues to hone their eyes for assessing patrollers’ abilities and limitations in skiing and toboggan handling, and emphasizes a partnership and cooperative effort between PSIA ski instructors and NSP transportation trainers.

Prerequisites: Current NSP member, Instructor Development, Alpine or Nordic Toboggan Instructor Certification, PSIA Level 7 Skier
Recommended Prerequisites: Skiing Enhancement Seminar
Time Commitment: One-Two Days
Fees National—none; PSIA division clinic charges (course and instructor); NSP division—varies; Lift tickets
Credentials: NSP Certificate of Achievement
Continuing Education/Refresher Requirements: None
Instructor of Record: PSIA division clinic leader; qualified and screened PSIA Certified Level III instructors
Required Text: None
Recommended References: