For over three decades, the Nordic/Backcountry program has been an integral part of the National Ski Patrol. The program has provided services to backcountry enthusiasts by interfacing with

  • the National Forest Service
  • different park agencies
  • local search and rescue groups
  • Alpine and Nordic resorts

In September 2017, the NSP board of directors changed the name of the program to the Nordic/Backcountry Program, reflecting the program’s expanded scope.  The diverse nature of the Nordic/Backcountry classification lends itself to be a unique program within the NSP. The variety of equipment types, the extended patient care knowledge required, the needed backcountry survival skills, all contribute to defining Nordic/Backcountry patrollers.