Originally Posted by Lars
Safety Patrols are separate entities from NSP and aren't entitled to any NSP member benefits. Safety is usually employed by the Resort Management for HostServices and slope control. Some also are part of Security.
No, The Mountain host program is part of the NSP. It was a program started about 3 years ago, and gets full NSP membership and benefits (?the only benefit I can think of is the tax break), although most of my better benefits are set by the mountain, and they differentiate between Patrol and Host.
go to NSP.Org and there's "Become a Mountain Host" button right on the home page. from there is a link to an application which includes a box for mountain affiliation. Mountain host is more defined by the local mountain's needs, and is not necessarily a "safety Patrol"
Hunter and another Mtn. (might've been Whiteface) were supposedly the pilot programs, and when we became NSP, I was just told to go to the website and pay my dues and sign up. The only hitch was knowing the CPR course I had taken, which my host leader provided when he told us to sign up.
I've since switched over and became a patroller so I'm not up on it as I was and it might've changed, but when I switched over, my membership number stayed the same, but my status got switched to patroller.
I just looked at it,https://www.nsp.org/nsp2002/mtnHost....=mh&mhmode=app
and it's a bit different from when I joined, (there was no mention of OEC then, only CPR), but I believe all you do is fill out the application, pay the dues, and they send you a membership #.