Every season ski patrol gets a lot of crap. Some of it is deserved, but a lot of it isn't. Yeah they can be annoying when they are yelling at you for going too fast in a slow zone taking your pass because you went down a closed trail to get some fresh snow. I'm sure everyone on NS (and me too), at some point or another, has gotten pissed off at a member of ski patrol or cursed them out under your breath, but think about what it would be like without them there. You over shoot a jump and get a concussion and no one is there to get you down the mountain. No one is out there at 5AM doing avalanche control or checking to see if there is enough snow cover to open up some runs.
I recently saw this video that came out on Saturday where ski patrol at Killington saved a kid that was dangling from the lift. I mean the dude got himself up into the chair and pulled that kid to safety. I don't think they get enough appreciation for all of the hard work that they do to keep up safe because there are so many less injuries and deaths because they are around. Even last year when I was out in Telluride when some guy was reported missing on the hike-to Bald Mountain, they rushed up there with their puppies and a helicopter to do everything they could to find him. So thank you, ski patrol, for everything that you do to allow us to have as much fun possible while out on your mountains.
TL;DR: Next time you get pissed off at or see ski patrol, go up to them and say thank you. They may get on our nerves every once in a while, but I would hate to see what a resort would be like without them.