WSTC started the volunteer Nordic Patrol at Mount Rainier National Park in 1993. Any club member 18 years and older with the necessary skills and equipment is eligible to serve as a Patroller. We welcome skiers, snowshoers and splitboarders with a wide range of abilities.
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Nordic Patrol is staffed by club members and led by trained Patrol Leaders. We patrol on winter weekends and holidays. The season starts when the meadows and trails are covered with enough snow, and can extend well into April.
Our patrol area includes the trails and slopes around Paradise, including Mazama Ridge, Glacier Vista, Reflection Lakes and the Tatoosh Range. These areas see the most visitor activity and are the focus of Nordic Patrol. When snow keeps the road to Paradise closed, we patrol the trails around Longmire Village.
Patrol duties include: Greeting and assisting visitors in the backcountry, marking trails, maintaining signs, roping-off hazards, and assisting Park Rangers. Nordic Patrol occasionally assists with search and rescue of lost or injured visitors.
Nordic Patrol works closely with Rangers and is in contact with Park dispatch throughout the day. The Park provides housing in Longmire Village as well as radios, avalanche transceivers, and a 4-wheel drive truck.
Nordic Patrol Sponsors
• Washington Ski Touring Club
• Mount Rainier National Park