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Charles Minot “Mint” Dole, Jr.

Charles Minot "Mint" Dole died on Friday, July 19 at his home in Essex, Conn. He was 85. Mint Dole was the son of Charles Minot "Minne" Dole, who is credited as the founder of the National Ski Patrol.  Mint had an illustrious career in his own right, as an industrial designer and inventor. Our thoughts go out to the [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Categories: NSP News|0 Comments

The New Safe Sport Law

By Dave Byrd, NSAA Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs This article was initially published in Ski Patrol Magazine, a publication that is a benefit for members of the National Ski Patrol. To learn more about membership, click here. The Safe Sport Act recently passed by Congress is requiring big changes in protocols for the entire spectrum of youth amateur [...]

By |July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments

Family

By Sarah Chapelle, NSP-Subaru Ambassador Family. We are all born into one, but we also acquire many more throughout life. Whether a church family, work family, or sports family, each makes us feel whole in different ways. The National Ski Patrol family is no exception. Two  years ago, my husband and I packed our bags and moved away from [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|0 Comments

Bring on the PARADE

By Jay Zedak, NSP-Subaru Ambassador and NSP Board Member Every Memorial Day for many years, I have attended the parade in Hudson, Ohio (population 25,000). When I was a child, I decorated and rode my bike (banana seat of course). As an adult, I proudly drove the fire engine or heavy rescue truck as a Lieutenant with the Hudson [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|0 Comments

When the Patroller Becomes the Patient

A flipped perspective on patient care on the hill By Chris Huskinson On closing day of the ski season, I broke my leg. It happened from a missed edge on a run I've cruised many times, not just from doing something dumb or trying to show off. I ended my season with surgery and months of recovery. Go figure. I [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments

Legends of the Fall

By Nicholas Harper-Johnston, NSP-Subaru Ambassador It is 4 am. The frost inside my sleeping bag wakes me up from a restless sleep. All I hear are the sounds of the wind whipping on my tent fly. I try to fall back asleep but it’s pointless. Eventually, it is time to wake up. They give us five minutes to pack [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|0 Comments

A Working Dog, Cirrus

By Michelle Longstreth, NSP-Subaru Ambassador Photos by Andrew Longstreth Cirrus sniffed; she moved to the right. I stopped to watch her next move. It is hard as a handler to stop, watch and wait. She kept going across the hill and stopped again. She sniffed, buried her nose in the snow, sniffed a couple more times, then started using [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|4 Comments

Ski Patrol is in my blood

By Marshal Thompson, NSP-Subaru Ambassador My path to becoming a ski patroller started 51 years ago in an upstate New York hospital where a young 19-year-old college student lay in a hospital bed planning her own funeral with her mother.  This young girl was about to undergo another surgery for massive internal injuries, acute renal failure and severe [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|0 Comments

The best and brightest of our future

By  Chris Tota, NSP-Subaru Ambassador It was a brutally cold January day when I was riding up Lift 7 at Belleayre Mountain with a veteran patroller, and we were discussing mountain procedures for calling in and responding to accidents. As a Young Adult Patroller just turning 15 years old, I had almost two months under my belt and [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: NSP Subaru Ambassadors|0 Comments

Faces of the NSP: Nicholas Harper-Johnson

Nicholas Harper-Johnson NSP: When did you become a patroller, and what led you to start patrolling? Nick: I moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, as a youngster and was immediately impressed by those that made a living off the mountains, and especially those who came to help when things went wrong. I started volunteering with the fire department and search and [...]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Faces of the NSP|0 Comments

Faces of the NSP: Tina Biddle

Tina Biddle NSP: When did you become a patroller, and what led you to start patrolling? Tina: I started ski patrolling in '97 at Breckenridge. Earlier that summer, I worked with some patrollers at a local outdoor store, and it was apparent they loved patrolling. So I figured what the heck, I'll try it. NSP: What did you find most [...]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Faces of the NSP|0 Comments

Faces of the NSP: Michelle Longstreth

Michelle Longstreth NSP: When did you become a patroller, and what led you to start patrolling? Michelle: I started as a paid patroller in 1995. I started skiing at age 26, when I was working at Cardrona Ski Area in New Zealand as a lift operator. There, I met my first husband, an American on an exchange from Crystal Mountain [...]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Faces of the NSP|0 Comments

Rapid Response Canines

DOG TEAMS GET THEIR OWN REFRESHER STORY AND PHOTOS BY CANDACE HORGAN Ski patrollers always look at fall as a time to get back into the swing of things ahead of the first runs of the season. Perhaps then, it's not surprising that patrollers aren't the only ones who need to get in some preseason training. Over four [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments

The Ski Industry and a Changing Climate

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT PATROLLING AND OUR LOVE OF WINTER BY ERYKA THORLEY SKIING WAS MY FIRST LOVE, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS AN EASY ONE. I REMEMBER HIDING IN A CLOSET WHILE MY DAD STORMED THROUGH THE HOUSE READY TO LEAVE FOR SKI RACING PRACTICE. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT, HOWEVER. OUR LOCAL MICHIGAN UPPER PENINSULA SKI HILL, MARQUETTE [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments

The Value of Volunteers

By Kim Kircher A Skier in a Community of Skiers Several decades ago, on the cusp of my 18th birthday, I needed to choose a cause. As an adult, I would put away childish things and volunteer my time for something I believed in. I decided that by the time I became an adult, I would start volunteering [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments