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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

NSAA: How Tax Reform Will Benefit Resorts, Employees & Suppliers

Ever wonder how legislation can directly affect the ski industry and what the new tax law implications are. In the latest issue of the NSAA Journal Dave Byrd, NSAA Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs tries to unpack the Tax cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).   Click the image below to read the article

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Safety|0 Comments

The Best Job – Passing on Learned Lessons

By Kim Kircher Starting Out The winter of 1989-90 at Crystal Mountain Ski Area in Washington State started late. It was my first season as a ski patroller, and the resort wasn't open for Christmas due to a lack of snow. The beginner area was wet with dying grass and the slopes were a muddy brown. I was young [...]

By |January 19th, 2018|Categories: Ski Patrol Magazine|0 Comments