About the Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol

Since 1964, members of the Big Powderhorn Ski Patrol (a unit of the North Central Region, Central Division of the National Ski Patrol)  have served the guests of Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort , located between Ironwood and Bessemer in the famous Big Snow Country of the Gogebic Range in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Since its formation in 1938, the National Ski Patrol has become one of the largest outdoor rescue organizations in the world including over 31,000 members serving 650 patrols in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1980, the National Ski Patrol was granted a Federal Charter by the United States Congress. NSP’s Congressional Charter stipulates the promotion of safety and health in skiing and other outdoor winter recreational activities. As a part of it’s Federal Charter, The National Ski Patrol reports annually to the United States Congress.

DO YOU LOVE THE OUTDOORS AND WANT TO HELP PEOPLE? TO ENJOY SKIING/BOARDING IS ONE THING – BUT TO HELP A SEVERELY INJURED GUEST ON ROUGH TERRAIN IN A BLIZZARD WHILE DIGGING THE HEELS OF YOUR BOOTS INTO THE SNOWPACK TO KEEP FROM CAREENING DOWNHILL… IF THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU… YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE! Consider joining us and becoming a MEMBER OF THE BIG POWDERHORN Ski Patrol! 
(* WE SOMETIMES HAVE A LITTLE FUN, TOO)


The National Ski Patrol was founded by Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole in 1938 after the tragic loss of a friend due to injuries suffered in a ski related accident. He was also responsible for the establishment of the famed 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. Applicants for this remarkable military unit were actually screened by the National Ski Patrol. Many individuals who were responsible for the establishment of ski areas in the United States served in the 10th Mountain Division and contributed significantly to the sport.

 

Big Powderhorn ski patrollers on snowmobile

2020-2021 Membership

Primary ROSTER

Alex Young
Patrol Director, OEC Instructor, NSPNCR Regional Bike Patrol Advisor

Dave Grospitz
Assistant Director, Mountain Host Unit Coordinator

Dan B.

Troy C.
OET Instructor

Jesse D.
Crew Chief

Dean D.
Crew Chief, OET Instructor, OET Instructor Trainer, OEC Instructor, OEC Instructor Trainer, Instructor Development Instructor

Mary D.

Virginia E.

Brian E.

Jenni H.

Carol H.

Jim H.
OET Instructor, OEC Instructor, NSPNCR Region Director

John J.
Crew Chief, OET Instructor, OEC Instructor, OEC Instructor Trainer, NSPNCR Regional OEC Advisor

Melissa K.
Crew Chief, OET Instructor, OET Instructor Trainer

Colleen L.

Keith L.

Evan N.
Crew Chief

Nathan N.

Amber O.
OET Instructor, OEC Instructor

Evan O.

Gary S.

Jim S.

Andrew T.

Jay W.

Cheryl Y.
OET Instructor, OEC Instructor

Barbara Y.

Secondary Roster

Keith H.

Sybille N.

Megan W.

Frances F.

Mark S.

Mountain Host Unit

Wallace A.

 

 

 

Big Powderhorn Mountain Ski Patrollers lined up for toboggan training

Big Powderhorn Ski Patrollers lined up for toboggan training

 

Big Powderhorn ski patrollers riding Lift 5 over Upper Smoke