Tom Kneiss

Nordic/Backcountry Advisor


For over three decades, the Nordic/Backcountry program has been an integral part of the National Ski Patrol. The program has provided services to backcountry enthusiasts by interfacing with:

  • National Forest Service
  • Local Park Agencies
  • Local SAR (Search and Rescue groups)
  • Alpine and Nordic Ski Resorts

In September 2017, the NSP board of directors changed the name of the program to the Nordic/Backcountry Program, reflecting the program’s expanded scope. 

The diverse nature of the Nordic/Backcountry classification lends itself to be a unique program within the NSP. The variety of equipment types, the extended patient care knowledge required, the needed backcountry survival skills, all contribute to defining Nordic/Backcountry patrollers.