John Nelson Mt Spokane Ski Patrol

Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 29, 2017
  
John Nelson of the Mt Spokane Ski Patrol told us many interesting things about the National Ski Patrol Society. It was founded in 1938 by "Minnie" Dole and today there are more than 27,000 + patrollers serving more than 650 patrols. This is the same year that Mount Spokane was established ... 1938. They boast of having the oldest 2-seat chair lift and the largest all-volunteer patrol of 135 members.
John Nelson of the Mt Spokane Ski Patrol told us many interesting things about the National Ski Patrol Society. It was founded in 1938 by "Minnie" Dole and today there are more than 27,000 + patrollers serving more than 650 patrols. This is the same year that Mount Spokane was established ... 1938. They boast of having the oldest 2-seat chair lift and the largest all-volunteer patrol of 135 members. 
 
This esteemed group has three times won the Outstanding Patrol, an award they are extremely proud of. Additionally they are entirely self-funded, due in large to the annual ski swap they host at the fair grounds. they have been offering the ski swap for 50 years and have $1,000,000 inventory for the two day event. Annual operating budget is $36,000-$42,000 which provides the first aid, radios and tobaggans.
 
Their Motto is "1st on and last off" and they operate Wednesday through Sunday nites. The group performs evacuations, first aid and Search & Rescue. 
Training is similar ti being an EMT: 60 hours of class work; 60 hours on the hill practical training. John said that shock is the #1 risk after injury. Additionally they offer a Junior Patroller program for 18-21 year olds and offer $500 scholarships to the participants.