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.

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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

Patrol Update 3/8


As a reminder, you need to sign up 48 hours prior to Patrol. If not, the pass office will not have time to activate your pass. Sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your support on the mountain


Patrol News 3/2

A big thank you to everyone who helped us get through the holiday week and busy weekend. This past weekend in particular made it evident how much we rely on every patroller on the hill. We really appreciate everyone who came out!

Mountain Conditions 

We got 21 inches over the 12th, 13th and 14th and 6 inches over the 19th and 20th. The past week has been dry with warm temps and sunny skies. This pattern should continue through this week. The forecast shows a weak system moving in on Saturday and a more active pattern into the following week.

We opened Pipeline on the 17th. That means all terrain has been opened to the public with the exception of the White Rabbit. We have been opening the Biscuit and Sawtooth based on conditions. Teams continue to use Hornet’s Nest and Surprise. 

Mountain Updates/Reminders

-We are working on being more visibly present around the mountain. We are encouraging everyone to spend more time standing by slow signs and trail maps or doing mask enforcement every day. We are additionally doing mask enforcement at the top of pinball in the area snowboarders strap in and people tend to congregate.

-Please restrict radio traffic after Code 3 or Code Blue is called until dispatch says to resume normal radio traffic. If you have non emergent communication, please call the bump/dispatch/personal numbers or hold off. 

-If ‘circle the wagons’ is called, every patoller should cycle up to Pluto (except Lookout patrol) even if this means leaving lower bumps uncovered. 

-There is a ‘Sidewinder’ sign at the top of the park off Zephyr chair lift. This may lead to some confusion in regards to 10-50 locations. Dispatch will try to clarify which chair lift the patient rode and we are working on having the sign changed. 

-Be sure to hold tension when reeling up closure ropes.

-Patrol is not allowed in low clearance areas. Only lift operations and maintenance are. Please speak to someone in one of these departments if someone needs to enter a low clearance area. 

-The ranger has an updated dump bed lock. The new system required that patrollers to reach under the fender well on the passenger side to check the oil.

-Lower Boondocks now has two exits.

Safety Video 

With help from ski and ride school, we put a video together about risk awareness and prevention. You can access the video via the link below. No need to fill out the form, as this is used to track employees. Please try to watch the video before your next day on the hill. 


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COVID Reminders

– When riding the lift, you must have an empty seat between you and other parties. 

– Please remember 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

Ongoing Training

– Please reach out to Dan Abbott or Bruce Downs for onhill OET and SMR training. 

-There are beacon courses available accessible from Pluto and Lookout. 

Hope to see you out on the hill soon! 

Hannah Lian