Get an insider’s perspective on wearing the red jacket and all aspects of ski patrolling. This podcast from the National Ski Patrol features experts discussing medical care, avalanche and snow safety, and all things related to an outdoor lifestyle and vocation.
Wilderness, Skiing, & Fire
Join Schweitzer Mountain ski patroller Nicolas Harper-Johnston as he talks about his experiences as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Learn about the similarities between a career as a ski patroller and a wildland firefighter, and how growing fire activity on public lands affects ski resorts and our ski season.
To learn more about Nick’s story check out his NSP blog: https://nspserves.org/wilderness-skiing-fire/.
Back to Basics in the Backcountry
Join National Ski Patrol’s Nordic/Backcountry Program Director Rick Shandler and Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Executive Director Ethan Greene in an important conversation about backcountry travel and recreating. In a year where backcountry travel traffic is expected to increase, learn what to look for, what equipment to have, and how to stay safe in the backcountry. Make sure you know before you go.
Ski Patrolling and PTSD
Stress injuries, commonly thought of as PTSD, are much more common in first responders than you might think. Listen to this important conversation about the impact of stress injuries on ski patrollers in particular. Laura McGladrey is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Colorado University Anschutz. She talks with Tarrah O'Connor, a professional ski patroller with firsthand experience coping with PTSD as a result of her work as a patroller in the Rocky Mountains.
THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS: The National Ski Patrol and the 10th Mountain Division
Learn about the history of the 10th Mountain Division and its connection to the National Ski Patrol featuring NSP Historian Rick Hamlin and former Historian Dr. Grethchen Besser.
Ski patrolling in the time of COVID
As we enter the 2020 – 2021 ski season, COVID has added a new set of circumstances and challenges. NSP Executive Director Meegan Moszynski discusses how patrollers are preparing for this unique season, how NSP and ski patrols are working with areas and resorts to keep the experience safe for guests, and why skiing and patrolling will still be fun this year.
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A lot to learn and think about on this podcast, not just for patrollers and outdoor rescue folks, but the general recreating public as well.