Jason Tamulen, NSP Young Adult advisor
NSP: When did you first become involved with the NSP? What was your initial interest in patrolling?
Jason: I was 15 when I started, at the time as a junior ski patroller with Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Massachusetts. It’s a funny story. When I was a kid, I used to live close enough to the ski area to walk there to ski. Both my parents were hard workers. My dad was an ironworker, and my mom was a nurse. On days I wanted to go skiing, I would get off the bus and walk to the ski area. I was your typical 13/14-year-old kid who wanted to ski EVERY DAY!! When I got near the ski area, I would sometimes get picked up by the patrollers coming on shift, as this was usually shift change time. This is how I first met Gerry Hyson and so many others who were patrollers or advisors for Wachusett Mountain Ski Patrol. Ultimately, I learned about the junior ski patrol program, and I was hooked. I absolutely loved it!! I can say with great confidence I am the person I am today because of the experiences, friendships, and leadership I learned during those years.
NSP: How many cups of coffee do/did you drink during a patrol shift?
Jason: Usually one iced coffee (ONLY), black. YUP, iced coffee all day, every day!! I start the day with large iced coffee; I'm a huge fan of cold brew coffee. As a volunteer patroller, my shift is routinely the 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift, so an afternoon coffee never hurts. The only thing that gets tricky sometimes is considering the weather, it gets too cold and turns into a frozen coffee!
NSP: Powder or groomers?
Jason: Being an East Coast skier, I have to say there is nothing like carving on a freshly groomed trail, especially first tracks. NOW, this doesn’t mean that I do not LOVE "fresh powdah" (no "r's" in Boston). Skiing in powdah has its own unique challenges on skis made for carving packed powder, but I make it work! The snow gods tend to give us some amazing powder days each year.
NSP: What do you find most rewarding about being a member of the National Ski Patrol?
Jason: I think the most rewarding thing for me has been the people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with from across the country, the experiences I have had the fortune to be a part of, and now the extremely rewarding opportunity to see my children become members of the National Ski Patrol.
NSP: Tell us a little bit about your new position as the NSP Young Adult advisor.
Jason: I am extremely excited to have been chosen to replace Paul Tourangeau as the National YAP advisor. Paul did some amazing work during his tenure. I’m going to pick up right where Paul left off. In the short future I will be looking toward my team and many of you to help grow the program nationally. We are also planning to make a new best practice or "how to" document that will have examples of current Young Adult patrol programs from across the country. We are also looking to establish background checks. Lastly, I have established several social media accounts for the Young Adult Patrol Program. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE follow us on Facebook and Instagram. I am working on a YouTube page as well. As they say ... stay tuned!
NSP: What have you learned from your experiences as a patroller that will assist you with the YAP program?
Jason: The Young Adult Program, advisors, and young adults are the future leaders, board members, and program advisors of the National Ski Patrol. The lessons, experiences, and leadership I was taught by Gerry Hyson and many others when I was 15 have definitely contributed to the person I am today.
NSP: What are you most excited about with your new role as NSP YAP advisor?
Jason: I think the most exciting thing about my new role is the amazing opportunity that I now have to give something back to a program and people that have meant so much to me and that helped me start this journey many years ago. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue to lead, grow, and document the amazing work that the members and representatives of the Young Adult Patrol Program do each and every day. Thank you all each day for the hard work you do!!