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.