For over three decades, the Nordic/Backcountry Program has been an integral part of the National Ski Patrol. Thanks to the efforts of David Hodgdon and Marty Huebner in the '70s, the Nordic Program was formed and the first national Nordic Program director appointed by the NSP board of directors. 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 provide venue coverage at alpine and Nordic resorts. In September 2017, the NSP board of directors changed the name of the program to the Nordic/Backcountry Program, reflecting the program's expanded scope.
The diverse nature of the Nordic/Backcountry 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/Backcountry patrollers are.