WSTC members have been providing Nordic Patrol at Mount Rainier National Park since 1993. This volunteer opportunity is open to club members with intermediate or advanced backcountry skiing skills (i.e. some experience other than in groomed tracks). Patrol is done in conjunction with Mount Rainier National Park which provides a house in Longmire, a truck, 2-way radios and work direction.
Patrol duties typically include marking trails, setting signs, roping off cliff edges, and assisting the public with directions. The patrol also supports Park personnel in rarer instances of lost or injured visitors. Patrol is in radio contact with the Park throughout the day.
The trails and slopes around Paradise from Nisqually Vista Loop to Glacier Vista to Mazama Ridge and Reflection Lakes are the focus of Nordic Patrol. On days when snow keeps the road to Paradise closed, Patrol heads out on the trails around Longmire.
Patrol is staffed on winter weekends and selected holidays. The season starts as soon as the meadows and trails are covered with enough snow and can extend well into April.
For more information on the Nordic Patrol, please contact Patrol Co-coordinator Ron Steingold (email@example.com)