Caldor Fire update from Deirdra Walsh

Good Evening Northstar, 

Thank you to all our employees who are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of our employees, communities and mountains as the situation with the Caldor fire continues to rapidly evolve. Nothing is more important than your safety and it remains our top priority. 

To that end, we will be closing Northstar for operations for the rest of the week starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31. During this challenging time, we must step up to help support the local efforts needed to fight this fire, keep the roads open for emergency crews, and make space more readily available for evacuees. As of tomorrow, we are asking that only employees who are essential to resort maintenance, certain hospitality team members, or if you have been directed to work on-site at Northstar by your manager come to the resort. You should receive word from your direct manager if you fall into this category. If you are scheduled to work on site tomorrow and have not heard from your direct manager prior to traveling to Northstar, please reach out to them to confirm if you should come into work.

Thank you for the support you are showing each other during this critical time. 

Deirdra Walsh

Vice President and General Manager

Save the Dates

Fall OEC Cycle B Refresher

As an update to our annual Fall OEC Refresher that all current NSP members must complete, please hold the following dates:

Date: Sat 11/6 and Sunday 11/7

Location: Mid Mountain Lodge

This will be a full 2 day event with CPR certification.

Fall OEC Cycle B Instructor Refresher

Also, in conjunction to the annual OEC Refresher, we will need to have an Instructor Refresher.

This is a fun filled day that prepares all instructors and non instructors to run the necessary stations at the Refresher on 11/6-7. We would welcome and appreciate the support of our entire Team at Northstar. Good news is that this one day Refresher satisfies the OEC Refresher requirement for Fall.

Please send me an email if you are interested in participating. [email protected]

That date and location is as follow:

Date: Saturday 10/16

Location: Mid Mountain Lodge

OEC Candidate Practical Final

We will be conducting the OEC practical final and will need additional help to get it completed.

Date: Friday 11/5

Location: Northstar facilities TBD



Yurt Cleanup


As a follow up to Patrol News, 3/29, we are requesting that if you have not emptied your locker, please do so by 8/1 as we will be doing a reorganization and cleanup after that date and not responsible for any gear still in storage.

We expect a large candidate program for the upcoming season and need to make room.

Thank you


A Star is Born

Please catchup on the Ski Patrol Radio featuring one of our own!

New episode of Ski Patrol Radio: Women of the National Ski Patrol

In the historically male-centric culture of ski patrolling, women are finding a better place in the community. We sit down with Kolina Coe, the Assistant Director and a dog handler at Northstar California, and Kristen Russo, the Assistant Patrol Director at Holiday Valley in New York state. We discuss their experiences as being women ski patrollers, what has changed over the years, and what still needs to be improved.

Just click below:

Hope all of you are well and enjoying summer.


Facebook Login is broken

Hi all,

If you use Facebook to login to the NSNSP site, you’ll notice that you can’t log in.

I’m aware of the issue and working to fix it. Will update you when it’s done.

Meanwhile, email me if you can’t log in and need to be added to the schedule: [email protected]


Patrol Update 4/5


We have a regional dog training event at Northstar on Wednesday so any Patrol help would be appreciated.


Patrol News 4/5

Hi Team – Please excuse the delay, but we are going to order our Annual Patrol Shirts for the last two years. Lia put these together, and they turned out awesome. There might be slight changes to the graphics due to cost, but this should give you a good idea of how they should look. I dont think the shirts should exceed more then $35, but we are aiming for closer to $20. Shipping not included. 

 Please see the link below, and also feel free to share the link with anyone I may have missed. This is kinda last minute, so we have to have this order in by next Thursday. 

2019-2021 Patrol Shirt Order Form


Call for special shipping details

Hope you all are having a great season!

Dirk Lewis

Northstar California Resort

Patrol Specialist

O: 530.562.3441

C: 415.419.1417

Patrol News 3/29


Thank you to everyone who came out for Forrest’s Celebration of Life. It was beautiful to see the community come together. 

Three weeks left of the season and it definitely feels like spring. In that spirit, Matt Reeder Memorial Flannel Day is scheduled for Friday 4/2. Wear a flannel under your patrol vest if you are working that day.

Also, we are hosting a Dog Day for the region on April 7th. We would greatly appreciate help so that we can train.

Mountain Conditions 

We got 35 inches so far this March. This week has been sunny and mild and this pattern should continue into next week. 

All terrain is open to the public with the Biscuit and Sawtooth opening per conditions. Teams continue to use Hornet’s Nest and Surprise. Village express and Timberline will be closed midweek for the remainder of the season. Pipeline will close at 3:30 pm on warmer days.

Mountain Updates/Reminders

-There is a bear den skier’s left of Rail Splitter. 

-They will continue to groom Timberline so we need to pull the rope at sweep and set up the closure in the mornings.

-When PLE is running, don’t forget to let the lift operators at the bottom terminal know to call last chairs on sweep. Drifter usually does it but the first person down should take care of it. 

COVID Reminders

– Continue to do the online home health screening questionnaire every morning before coming in. This can be questionnaire accessed via the following link: 

Northstar Volunteer Health Screen Form

-We are now offering indoor dining at Big Springs and Zephyr with 100 person capacity. First come first serve.

-Even though more people are getting vaccinated, the patrol COVID-19 protocol will not change this winter. 

Ongoing Training

– There is a double beacon course on Jiboom. There are no boo markings this course. The course starts at Goldmine and runs to the length of Jiboom with the treeline indicating the avalanche flanks.

Again, many thanks to Dan Abbott and Bruce Downs for taking the lead on sled training this season.

We anticipate a NSP candidate class of 10 this season and appreciate the help during ski checks from Fanelli, Onaga, Abbott, Downs, Blake, Sherry and Brown.

If you have any last minute candidates, please let Dave Rozzi know.

National YURT Cleanup

If you have finished your season you will need to get your gear out of the Yurt.

If you decided not to patrol this season, see the note below regarding cleanup.

We plan to re vitalize the Yurt and provide more space and lockers by opening and cleaning out all lockers for those that no longer are part of our patrol.

If there is any gear that is not stored in a locker, it will be cleaned out also.

We will announce the cleanup date 2 weeks prior to the event and give everyone a chance to get up to the mountain.

Thank you to everyone who came out for Forrest’s Celebration of Life. It was beautiful to see the community come together. 

Hope to see you out on the hill soon! 

Hannah Lian

Remembering Forrest 3/18/2021


We know this moment has been long anticipated and we are pleased to finally be able to invite you to join the Northstar Ski Patrol family to celebrate the life of Forrest Philpot. The loss of Forrest is incredibly difficult for us all and the pandemic has made this even more challenging, but we will now be able to come together and honor him safely. The memorial event will be held on March 18th at Northstar Resort and will consist of a mountain sweep at 4pm followed by a patrol salute in the Village at 6pm.

A few details to help you plan:

Please catch a final chair up Comstock before 4pm to be able to make the sweep. We will spend a moment at the summit in remembrance before we ski down.

The 21 ‘bomb’ salute will be at 6pm, and will be audible from the Village at Northstar, the Village View parking lots, and surrounding area. There will be plenty of space to spread out and share in the memoriam. If you are sensitive to loud noise or are bringing children, please consider ear protection or listening from inside your car.

We must continue to adhere to Covid-safe practices which means face coverings and physical distancing will be required at all times, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated. No alcohol will be permitted. Please respect these rules in respect of the event.Please catch a final chair up Comstock before 4pm to be able to make the sweep. We will spend a moment at the summit in remembrance before we ski down.

 If you would like to participate in the skiing portion of the day and do not have a pass, please follow this link: Lift Ticket Request Form

We look forward to seeing you and sharing memories, and please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

Kurtis Gale

Ski Patrol Director

Patrol Update 3/11


There will be a celebration of life for Forrest Philpot at Northstar on March 18th. The day of skiing will be dedicated to Forrest. We will meet at the summit around 4pm to sweep the mountain together then head to the village for a 21 bomb salute at 6pm. Anyone is invited and we are trying to have as many crosses at the summit at the end of the day as possible. Also, we are putting together some sort of photo tribute that will be on the hill so If you have any photos of Forrest that you think should be included email them to me Kurt or Kolina.

There should be a more official communication / flyer that will come out in the next few days.


Hannah Lian