Marc Barlage, NSP Outdoor Emergency Transportation Program Director

NSP: When did you become a patroller, and what led you to start patrolling?

Marc: My parents were (and still are) patrollers. I grew up around ski patrol and became a patroller when I was old enough to join!

NSP: What did you find most challenging about patroller training prior to becoming a patroller?
Marc: I found passing OEC challenging, but very rewarding.

NSP: How many cups of coffee do you drink during a patrol shift?
Marc: I have one mug for driving to the ski area and a thermos for top shack duty.

NSP: Powder or groomers?
Marc: Do I have to choose? Powder is number one in my book. I also enjoy a groomed slope that I can speed down and practice my carving skills. My other favorite terrain is skiing the rabbit trails with the kids. And frankly, corn snow is great too! If you can't tell, I just love to ski!

NSP: What have you learned the most about yourself from patrolling?
Marc: I have learned tons of great leadership skills in my patrol life. Every day, I continue to learn more.

NSP: What do you find most rewarding about patrolling and being a member of the National Ski Patrol?
Marc: Taking the first chair up the mountain is the high point of my day! I also enjoy helping others by doing as much as I can to ensure their safety and help create a great experience for them on the mountain.

NSP: As the Outdoor Emergency Transportation Program Director, can you tell us what you love most about the OET Program?
Marc: Marc: I have really enjoyed getting to know the other NSP divisions. I have found that we have a lot more in common than differences.

NSP: How can patrollers become involved in the MTR program?
Marc: Patrollers new to Outdoor Emergency Transportation will sometimes struggle with gaining confidence in toboggan handling. My advice to them is to ask their fellow patrollers for help or advice, and to do as much training as they can. Practice makes perfect.