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Watch installation of two new chairlifts at Giants Ridge in 2017!

Nearly 160,000 individuals receive care from NSP patrollers each year.
How to become a ski patroller.

We are Outstanding !!!
Not only did we win the 2017-2018 Western Region Outstanding Alpine Patrol Award!... We also have the 2017-2018 Outstanding Patrol Director!
Dave Markwardt won the prestigious, and equally competitive, 2017-2018 Western Region Outstanding Patrol Director Award!

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Patrollers wanted!


Our spring 2018 Outdoor Emergency Care course has completed. However,
we would still like to hear from you. and we would really like for you to join us. Please e-mail
Dave Markwardt: or
Jessica Raad: about ski patrolling at Giants Ridge!

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the NSP Young Adult Program Video > > >
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Break Room: 218-865-8019
Main Office: 218-865-8000
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A beautiful view from atop Giants Ridge.

We are always looking for new members. We're a fun group and enjoy some of the best skiing and panoramic vistas in Minnesota.   Interested?
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We also need Nordic and bike patrollers!
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Our primary missions are to promote safe skiing and snowboarding attitudes to the public, and to provide emergency rescue and medical services to injured skiers and snowboarders at the Giants Ridge Ski Resort. If you enjoy helping people and would like to play an important part in the operation of a ski area, we invite you to join us.
Pipe Rider at Giants Ridge Giants Ridge has 34 of the best groomed alpine ski runs in the Midwest, 60 km of superb cross-country ski trails, as well as one of the finest terrain parks for the boarder to be found anywhere. In 2003, SKI Magazine selected Giants Ridge as the best Minnesota ski area. X-C Skier at Giants Ridge
MSHSL Alpine Racer at Giants Ridge Alpine and Nordic races, along with other special events are held at the resort throughout the ski season. The Ski Patrol provides emergency medical support for these events, and helps with other activities as diverse as the fat-tire bike race held in the spring... MSHSL X-C Racer at Giants Ridge
Adaptive Skier at Giants Ridge ...programs to help adaptive skiers reach their full potential, and multi-service rescue training exercizes, like the mass casualty exercise based on a mock chairlift derailment described at right.
Giants Ridge hosts A Mock Incident (disaster drill)
Read all about it!

Mesabi Daily News - story and photo of the incident scene
Mesabi Daily News - story and photo’s of patrollers at work
Mock Disaster Incident panoramic photo

We provide thorough training in outdoor emergency medical care and in safely transporting an injured person from the hill. Emergency medical training classes generally meet for four hours one night a week, with ski and toboggan-handling training on weekends. Total training takes about a year. If you are interested in being a part of our Patrol, and can put in the time and effort, please fill out our quick on-line application.

-- Jerry Ulleberg (past Giants Ridge patroller)

Patient Assessment of Injured SkierAn alpine toboggan instructors demonstrating good toboggan-handling.   or
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