Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park, Monticello, NY

The NSP Certified Program is a performance-based leadership program that provides an opportunity for patrollers to learn, mentor, and be tested on critical patroller skills/knowledge. The Certified program has a distinguished history, with many of its members serving in National, Division, Regional, and Local patrol leadership positions committed to giving back, fostering learning, and progressing core patroller skills over the years. Success in the Certified program is hard-earned, requiring a real commitment to mastering multiple patrol-related disciplines, often over multiple years and across regions/divisions, to gain a vast and deep knowledge/skill base.


“Certified Boot Camp” at Holiday Mountain in Monticello, NY, is a gathering of like-minded Ski Patrollers in a rustic camping environment, all looking to learn about the Certified program and enhance or broaden their patroller skill set. The goal this season is “deep dive into lift evac.” The certified program modules that will be covered at this event will be:

•  Lift Evacuation
•  Outdoor Risk Management
•  Avalanche
•  Low Angle Rescue
•  OEC assessment, skills, and MCI scenarios


Those who are currently certified candidates or seriously considering the certified program must come prepared. Below is an outline of each module that candidates will experience this season. Please review the offerings and expectations for each module featured this year.

Lift Evacuation (LE):

Overview and Options:

1.  Certified practical Lift Evacuation exam station with no guidance for critique and feedback (for Patrollers ready to take the Certified Exam); bring your own Lift Evacuation kit.

2. A coaching station will be available for those looking to learn, review, and discuss the system setup.

3.  Mock interviews will be available so participants can get a variety of questions they may encounter at the exam.


•  Review Lift Evacuation and lift terminology. Spend some time on the equipment your area does NOT have.
•  Be familiar with the Aerial Evacuation Resource Guide (AERG)
•  Be prepared to discuss nonstandard lift evacuation processes or events in a group discussion to help make yourself a more well-rounded patroller as it pertains to lift evacuation.
•  Bring your area’s lift evacuation policy/process.

Outdoor Risk Management (ORM):

Overview and Options:

Boot Camp will provide a presentation on ORM foundations and a program overview. Student expectations:

• take the NSP ORM module in the NSP LMS system.
• Understand, discuss, and review the ski industries best practices and principles
• Discuss and review regulating bodies and ski industry partners that influence ORM

Avalanche (AVY):

Overview and Options:

1.  Presentation on avalanche basics; weather, terrain, avalanche rescue equipment
2.  Practical station allowing participants an opportunity to use beacons to search in a simulated debris field.


• If you would like to review weather forecasts, bring several continuous weather forecasts and avalanche reports from an area that interests you.
• Bring a beacon, probe, and shovel if you have access to them.

Low Angle Rescue (LAR):

Overview ad Options:

1. A LAR system is set up for review and discussion.
2. Knot tying.
3. Certified practical LAR exam station with no guidance for critique and feedback
4. Coaching station for those who need help and have never done it before. Depending on the need, this may be part of Station 1.
5. Mock interviews so participants can get a flavor of questions they may expect at the exam.


• Bring a LAR kit if you want to be evaluated using your own equipment or have questions about the equipment you use.
• Be familiar with the LAR operations manual and know your knots:

1. Bachman knot
2. Figure-8 on-a-bight and Figure-8 follow-through.
3. Double Fisherman’s or Grapevine knot
4. Prusik Hitch
5. Water Knot
6. Münter or Italian Hitch secured with a Münter Mule
7. Clove Hitch

Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC):

Overview and Options:

1.  First aid practical stations will cover core first aid skills.
2.  Group first aid scenarios will be provided to give participants an opportunity to work together as a team.
3.  First aid practical scenarios will be available to current candidates or those seriously considering the certified program where realistic scoring feedback can be provided.


• Bring gear bags, backboards, patrol packs, traction splints, and anything else that you want to bring first aid related. Hint – Gloves….. we train with gloves – reality becomes second nature.
• Those patrollers interested in “playing” in OEC must have an ICS 100 Certificate or their ICS 100 course recorded on their NSP educational profile. Bring your Certificate of Completion or a printout of your Educational Profile to check-in.


The leadership team has designed a format to give participants feedback and actions to train on. The PISE feedback as a rule, followed by WHAT, WHO, and WHERE.

    • WHAT specific areas need improvement,
    • WHO can help train participants,
    • WHERE are those people based, and
    • WHERE are the articles, clauses, and information to increase learning?

It is almost impossible to attend a weekend event and be prepared to take the Certified exam; the goal is to increase knowledge and promote training with team members. Each component will have a different challenge based on that topic. Some modules may change throughout the weekend as the environment is often dynamic.


Attend to gain confidence in your patrol skills and have an opportunity to practice and learn with Certified Patrollers from around the Division.


We welcome a multitude of interested patrollers to Boot Camp, from declared “Certified Candidates” to “Development Team” members (patrollers who are interested in observing or participating to see what Certified means). YAPs and family members are especially encouraged to participate.

Overall Agenda

Boot Camp provides

Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Dinner Saturday Night
Bonfire – FUN
Friday – 4-6 pm Arrival and camp set-up 7pm Meeting
Saturday is Boot Camp training day

What to Bring:

Pot Luck side for Saturday night’s dinner. Whatever you want to drink for the weekend, come prepared to attend the Happy Hour hosted by Holiday Mtn. Happy Hour will be a “Cash Bar” staffed by the resort.

Tent, sleeping bags, etc.. all the gear necessary for camping.

Please arrive with the desire to learn and a positive mental attitude!

The Certified leadership team and various program chairs have literally been working and planning this for months. Bimonthly planning sessions, scheduling, program delivery, team building, OEC scenarios, and OEC planning. It takes a ton of people to put events like this together. Please read ALL of the language and information put forth. Your 10% gain in knowledge represents a 50% effort on YOUR part to prepare for events like this. The remaining 40% of growth and learning comes from actually mentoring and training on the hill. We have taken the terrain and temps out of the weekend to give you the opportunity to drill down on specifics.

Please come prepared!


  • Boot Camp
     August 16, 2024 - August 18, 2024
     5:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Details Price Qty
Entire Event, Ticket per Personshow details + $100.00 USD  
YAP Member Discounted Ticketshow details + $50.00 USD  
Child 12 and undershow details + $35.00 USD  

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Venue Phone: 845-796-1201

Venue Website:

99 Holiday Mountain Rd, Monticello, New York, 12701, United States