Meet the National Ski Patrol Subaru Ambassadors
I credit much of who am I as an adult and a teacher to my experiences in the Young Adult Program, and that is why it is my foremost passion in patrolling. Young Adult Patrollers are the future of the National Ski Patrol. They are our future Patrol Directors, Region Directors, and National Board Members. If you have never had the chance to work with the Young Adult Program, I hope you follow my posts this season as I travel the Eastern Division visiting Young Adult Programs to see some of the amazing work these kids are doing and that you can get involved with a local program near you. There is nothing like it!
When not patrolling, my wife Laura and I spend most of our free time outdoors fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, hunting, and biking. When we got married just over two years ago, our first purchase was a 2017 Subaru Forester, and that vehicle has gotten us everywhere! Whether with kayaks on top, filled with fishing rods and gear, or driving into the woods with our camouflage on, we love our Subaru! I am so excited and honored to be given the opportunity to promote both Subaru and the National Ski Patrol as they adventure into the future!
I moved to Alaska with no job lined up, no place to live, with a cat and dog and a fully loaded truck. We had to camp out for the first couple months until things lined up. Luckily I got hired on Alyeska Patrol for the winter of 2011-2012, and it was a record breaking winter with over 980” of snow! The biggest adjustment of living in Alaska was the amount of darkness (the sun comes up at 10:30am and goes down at 3:30pm in the heart of winter). We don’t even open the ski area until 10:30am, and we close at 5:30pm , unless there is night skiing on the weekends and holidays.
After two years of being a paid, year round patroller, I became the Night Supervisor. During this time, I rarely ever saw the light of day. I came in at 1:00pm, and by that time it was almost getting dark, and I stayed till 9:30pm or later. After two years of being night supervisor, I was promoted to Assistant Patrol Director, which I have been doing for the last 3 years. I am one of a few patrollers that are paid full-time, year round. I love working at Alyeska because no day is ever the same.
I am super excited about the opportunity to be able to utilize our partnership with Subaru in recruiting, brand marketing, promoting and highlighting the amazing work that our patrollers do each and every day and how much WE appreciate our Subaru partnership by planning to have an amazing season of travel. Being an ambassador will surely allow me to showcase these partnerships and highlight and promote our work on various social media accounts throughout the season!!! Seriously cannot wait and am super excited for all that WE, NSP and Subaru, can accomplish!! Thank you very much for allowing me this opportunity!!
Jay is married and his wife Dana, is a senior alpine patroller at the same area. They have raised two incredible sons Jason and Austin who benefited greatly from the “ski patrol brat status”. Dana looks forward to being a guest ambassador for Subaru as she leads the women’s program for the Ohio Region.
The 2018/2019 will be another great ski season and Jay will be making his way around the country, safely in the NSP Subaru with everything he needs to have the opportunity to impact thousands more patrollers as we enjoy the outdoors and respond to the emergency needs of customers. If you would like to have Jay visit your event with the NSP Subaru, just ask!
My love is with the training of OET. When I retired from the RD position, I served on the Eastern Division S&T Steering Committee from 1993–2007. In 1995 I transferred to the Sunday River Ski Patrol in Maine. I was looking forward to gaining more experience at a larger resort so I could train for the Certified Program. In 2000 I entered into the “program” at Jay Peak, VT and successfully passed at Gore Mountain, NY in 2002. I thought that was it – nothing else to do. I could just simple enjoy my NSP successes and coast the rest of my patrol career. Well, that was short lived!
In 2006 I became the Central Section Chief for the Maine Region and then served as the Maine Region Director from 2008-2014. We had a great time delivering programs all over the state. It is absolutely true when they say “You can’t get theya from heya.” But we did it! The region now has a great instructor core of individuals and the team spirit is awesome! After terming out as the Region Director, I ran for the Eastern Division Director position and successfully won the confidence of our membership. In this position I am responsible for 15 Regions and 8,200 (+/-) patrollers. To get around the Eastern Division, Subaru of America has awarded me the opportunity to make all of these visits with the NSP Subaru. I have since visited 11 out of 15 regions at many patrols. I look forward to visiting the balance of the regions this 2018-19 season. The NSP Subaru has been a great asset to the Division in that it is available to qualified NSP patrollers who run events anywhere in the Division. Additionally, the Subaru(s) are busy in the off season working with organizations like the American Lung Association providing coverage as Safety and Gear (SAG) support to the biking participants. We also support local Fire events and FEMA events whenever possible. The NSP Subaru is not only a great looking car and an instant “looker” when coming on scene, but is used to promote Safety and Service when at events. Our most visible event in the Eastern Division is the Boston Ski and Ride Show. Thousands of snowsports enthusiasts from all over the Division come to the 4 day event where they see the NSP Subaru near center stage in high traffic lanes. The NSP Subaru gets lots of looks and pictures. So thanks to the NSP and Subaru of America for this continued partnership in helping us to spread our message of Safety and Service for all of our NSP Resorts, Patrollers and the skiing and riding public.
I finally made my way to Colorado in January of 2001, eventually settling in Crested Butte. When I moved to Crested Butte I spent all of my time skiing and running in the mountains. Knowing I wanted to ski patrol I obtained my EMT-Basic, unfortunately for me the Crested Butte ski patrol didn’t allow for patrollers to start on telemark skis and I wasn’t about to give up dropping a knee for ski patrol. Several years later I smartened up, locked my heals down and joined the Crested Butte Ski Patrol. I have been on the CBSP since 2013. I immediately fell in love with the Avalanche rescue dogs and spent time working with them learning about the dogs, training and what it would take to be a dog handler. In the spring of 2018 a chocolate lab named Skadi joined my life and we have been training daily to prepare her for the upcoming season. I look forward to a lifetime of adventures, Ski Patrolling, dog training and teaching my newborn son how to ski and safely explore the mountains.
I have my EMT, OEC, Avi1 & Avi2 along with my State & Federal Explosive license and have many days of avalanche control under my belt.
It is exciting to be part of the Subaru Ambassador program. Throughout my time at Crystal I have had the pleasure of owning several Subaru’s, starting with a 1978 wagon that served me well. I will be honored to drive one of the latest models; to share my experiences and tell what it means to be a member of NSP! It exists to help keep people safe, not just in the ski industry, but in all outdoor activities.
In 2015 I started working for the US Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter. After going to a fire near Sandpoint I moved there and started working for Schweitzer Patrol in 2016. This past summer was my rookie season with the Idaho Panhandle Hotshots. It was quite the challenge and I am already excited for next year!
This past fall I married the love of my life and we went on a 6 week honeymoon around the West, staying in our new Subaru the whole time with our two dogs. It is a road trip machine.
In my 5 short years at Whitetail, I became a senior alpine patroller, and OEC instructor and an OET instructor. I love teaching the new generation of patrollers and sharing my love of helping others. My day job is a Certified Nursing Assistant, so the medical side of patrolling is something near and dear to my heart.
I am excited for this opportunity to share not only my love of ski patrol but my love of my Subaru with as many people as possible. Subaru encourages an active outdoor lifestyle, which fits perfectly with the mindset of ski patrollers. (Some may call us crazy….but sitting still does not come easy for us). I am stoked for an awesome ski season out here in Colorado and am looking forward to sharing the love of the outdoors with as many people as possible.