For over three decades, the Nordic program has been an integral part of the National Ski Patrol. Thanks to the efforts of David Hodgdon and Marty Hubner in the '70s, the Nordic program was formed and the first national Nordic director appointed by the board. Over the years, the program has provided services to backcountry enthusiasts by interfacing with the National Forest Service, different park agencies, and local search and rescue groups. We also provided venue coverage at alpine and Nordic resorts.
The diverse nature of the Nordic 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 what Nordic patrollers are.