National Ski Patrol

These are the skiers in the distinctive outfits with the large red cross on the back who cruise the mountains to lend a helping hand when trouble arises. They’re trained in emergency lifesaving and perilous rescue techniques.

Courtesy Patrol

Many ski areas have courtesy patrols whose members also cruise the mountains to answer questions, reunite lost kids with lost parents, and stop reckless idiots on skis. Some ski areas employ their courtesy patrollers; others offer free skiing to trained patrol members who help out on busy days.

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