Western Appalachian Region Nordic SKI Patrol

National SKI Patrol

Western Appalachian Region



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Join Our Team!

Would you like the opportunity to hone your skills and to develop new ones in order to make Nordic skiing safer and more enjoyable for everyone?  Training is available for qualified candidates who share our passion.  Click Join Us for more information.

Welcome New Patroller Eric Vaughn

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Laurel Highlands Nordic Ski Patrol is pleased to welcome and announce the addition of Eric Vaughn to our patrol.  Eric is an experienced NSP Nordic, Backcountry and Alpine Patroller who has recently relocated from from Denver, Colorado to Washington, DC.  No stranger to hours behind the wheel, Eric served as a primary patroller with the Panadero ski patrol, located three hours south of Denver.  He also volunteered as a secondary patroller with the Bryan Mountain ski patrol  https://bmnsp.org before joining us. 
His rich background of experience includes:
NSP OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care) instructor
Search and Rescue
General mountaineering and ice climbing instructor
National Speleological Society (NSS) member
Cave rescue volunteer 
Volunteer forest fireman (Colorado)
Please join us in welcoming Eric to our patrol.

On the Trail Nordic Skills Refresher

October 21 2023

The Laurel Highlands and Laurel Summit Nordic ski patrols were busy on a rainy fall day at the Mighty Oak pavilion in Koosher state park, preparing for the winter ski season by reviewing land navigation, low angle rescue skills and assembling a mission ridge toboggan from the materials we carry in our travel packs.

Hot coffee, steaming apple cider and a warm fire were greatly appreciated and helped keep the cold damp weather at bay.

Ropes and Low Angle Rescue Training

October 7 – 8 2023

14 Patrollers gathered at the Shafer Run warming hut to practice setting up a ‘Z’ pulley system and Stokes basket to rescue volunteer victims over a low angle hillside off Shafer Run trail.

Day 1 – review anchors, knots, Z pulley setup, handling Stokes basket.

Day 2 – Practice low angle rescues and working smoothly as a team.

It was a great weekend, fun educational and we all walked away with more knowledge, deeper understanding and confidence that we can perform low angler rescues smoothly, efficiently and in a timely manor.

Three Ways to Enhance Balance and Stability for Cross Country Skiing

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Use these exercises to Improve your balance and stability during the off season so that you’ll be ready when the snow arrives.

Cross Country Skiing for Beginners

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Welcome to the oldest winter sport in the world. Here’s lots of info on what it is, gear, what to wear, safety, etiquette, conditioning exercises and dream destinations in Sweden and Norway.