National Ski Patrol

The Spirit of Colorado Lecture Series Supported by InnovAge

Colorado's Ski Patrol

The Army’s 10th Mountain Division, developed during World War II for combat missions in the mountains of northern Italy, evolved into ski patrols as we know them today. Far-reaching and nuanced, the job of a ski patroller combines long days, physically demanding work in high alpine environments, and the ability to respond to complex medical emergencies. In Colorado, ski patrol has grown from a volunteer operation to a professional workforce— incorporating advancements in lifesaving techniques, avalanche forecasting and specialized guest services. Duck behind the lines and experience the lives and legends of ski patrollers who serve mountains across Colorado. Patrollers Eric Miller and John Cameron take a look at the history of Colorado’s mountain rescue professionals.