Meet the NSP Safety Team

The NSP Safety Team strives to be the ski industry leader on mountain safety education and awareness for guests and employees. The team will accomplish this by aligning and collaborating with other like-minded organizations and leveraging communications materials and events to promote the safe enjoyment of snow sports. They will represent all members of the NSP with the highest level of patroller skills and a commitment to creativity and integrity.

As an NSP marketing asset, the team will help NSP reach one of the core strategic NSP objectives: increase NSP brand awareness and depth of meaning among NSP key constituencies. Through marketing activation and engagement, the NSP Safety Team also helps with outreach and recruitment and reinforces the NSP brand.

Safety Team member responsibilities include promoting safety for patrollers, resort employees, and the public; creating national safety pieces in print and digital formats that are distributed through NSP, the National Ski Areas Association, local areas, and social media platforms; representing division interests to national committees; distribution of safety items; and the promotion of Safety Month.

NSP Safety Team Vision Statement

The NSP Safety Team will be the leader in mountain safety, education, awareness, and hazards reduction.

Mission Statement

The NSP Safety Team strives to be the leader in the ski industry in education, awareness, and mountain safety for employees and guests. We will accomplish this by aligning and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. We will represent all members of the National Ski Patrol organization with the highest level of patroller skills, commitment to creativity, and integrity.

Matt Chaffin
Matt started skiing when he was five years old, taught by his father at Brighton, Utah. In fall 2002, he was hired at Canyons Resort as a rookie patroller, then became a supervisor, incident investigator, OEC instructor, snowmobile instructor, and lift evacuation instructor. He has worked the mountain bike patroller in summer for eight years. In 2010, Matt took the position of training supervisor for the pro patrol staff for winter and summer, training new patrollers in all aspects of patrol work. He was awarded a Yellow Merit Star during the 2014-2015 season.

Patrick Cruver
After joining the volunteer ski patrol at Stevens Pass, Pat was hired by the Stevens Pass Pro Patrol, working six years as a patroller and groomer driver. He then moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, working as a safety consultant with a workers compensation insurance company specializing in forest products employers. In Pullman, Washington, he worked as a safety professional/industrial hygienist for Washington State University and passed the exam to become a certified safety professional and earned an MS in environmental science. Pat has been a patroller for Lookout Pass for 11 years.

Christine Garrison
Christi started patrolling at Ski Apache, New Mexico, in 2010. In 2012, she was Ski Apache Ski Patrol Outstanding Auxiliary Patroller of the Year. She has worked at the University of Texas El Paso as a safety specialist in chemical and occupational safety and since moved to Germany, where she has been appointed the European Division Safety Team Representative, and is the assistant patrol director for the Ramstein Ski Patrol. While living in Germany she continues to expand her knowledge in occupational safety and health while working to promote snow safety in Europe.

Brett Henyon
Brett Henyon's interests in safety extend far past patrolling. An EMS professional since 1990, Brett works part-time as a flight paramedic with the University of Virginia-Pegasus Flight Operations. Full-time, Brett owns a management training and development business. He started ski patrolling in 1998 at Wintergreen, and is currently a Certified patroller and the co-coordinator for the Southern Division Leadership Development Program. He was awarded a Purple Merit Star in 2003. In addition to patrolling, Brett works as a Saturday evening mountain manager at Wintergreen Resort, overseeing all aspects of slope and resort safety.
Melanie Hood
Melanie has served as the National Ski Patrol marketing development director since April 2012, where she has attended and presented at national safety and risk management seminars and helped create safety and recruitment pieces for patrols and ski areas across the country. She has been a volunteer patroller at Winter Park Resort since 2010. She is an Outdoor Emergency Care instructor for a course that feeds patrollers to Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora Mountain Resort. She also enjoys spending time on the slopes with her husband and two children.

Mike Husar
Mike Husar won the 2010-2011 Outstanding Patrol Representative Award from NSP, and further inspired his niece, Emily, who won the Outstanding Young Patroller Award that year. Mike started patrolling in 1975 as a young adult and became patrol director in 1985 and later implemented post-incident investigation teams. In 2011, Mike addressed the Wisconsin legislature about the importance of a Skier Safety Act and worked with ski owners to get the bill passed. Mike is the Safety Team chairperson and shares his on-hill patrol duties between Devil's Head Resort in Wisconsin and Canyons Resort in Utah.

Jimmie Luna
Jimmie started skiing as a teenager, volunteering as a coach in the adaptive ski program and for Special Olympics from 1988-1990. In 1994, he started with the Ski Apache Pro Ski Patrol. He is a Senior patroller, Young Adult Program mentor, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor, member of summer mountain rescue and bike patrol, and a nationally certified A-EMT and New Mexico EMT-Intermediate. He works part-time for Lincoln County Emergency Services responding to EMS needs in his community. He has 19 years with the New Mexico Department of Transportation supervising maintenance of roads.

Sal Mascareñas
The 2016-17 season will be Sal's 34th as a patroller, 26-plus as a member of the Grand Targhee Ski Patrol in Alta, Wyoming. He is a member of the avalanche hazard reduction team, a candidate trainer, and Outdoor Emergency Transportation trainer, and works Grand Targhee Mountain Bike Patrol. Sal was previously the Intermountain Division OET supervisor and is currently an Intermountain Division OET instructor trainer. He earned a Yellow Merit Star, Meritorious Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, and National Appointment Number 8160. Sal is also a member of the High Fives Foundation Advisory Board.

Tim O'Brien
Tim lives is currently a Senior patroller at Squaw Valley, California. He has been a patroller for 37 years, beginning at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana, and earned National Appointment Number 6192. He has held a variety of divisional and regional leadership positions, and has been dedicated to teaching and training ski patrollers. Tim is both an instructor and instructor trainer in Outdoor Emergency Care and Outdoor Emergency Transportation. He has been involved in the EMS community, and has been a champion for safety in facilities management for a variety of California universities.

Nick Pulice
Nicholas was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He started patrolling in eighth grade with Birch Hill Patrol. In 2000, he passed OEC and in 2003 become a full-time pro patroller. He is a Level I instructor with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. As facility manager, he worked with staff to focus more public education on park safety. After moving to Anchorage in 2013, he joined the Anchorage Nordic Patrol and learned to ski and within one year was elected assistant patrol director. The patrol provides emergency care and rescue services to the South-Central Alaska area.

Jason Tamulen
Jason has been an EMT since 1992 and a police officer since 1996. He started as a patroller at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Massachusetts in 1988 and received the Candidate Patroller of the Year and became an OEC instructor. He has been a Senior alpine patroller since 1993, and for several years has been the instructor of record for the annual patroller candidate class. Jason is an accident reconstructionist and has worked with the community promoting public safety for many years. During the 2014-2015 ski season, Jason was selected as the National Outstanding Alpine patroller.
Karl Uhlig
Karl lives in Missoula, Montana, and is an active patroller at the Montana Snowbowl, patrolling for 30 years, starting as a pro and becoming a volunteer in 1990. Karl holds National Appointment Number 10820 and has held numerous leadership positions, and is currently the Northern Division assistant division director. He is an instructor trainer for both Outdoor Emergency Care and Outdoor Emergency Transportation. Karl is excited to join the Safety Team and help promote the safety message. He is especially looking forward to working with the younger generation to increase awareness of the Safety Team's mission.