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Nordic Patrol at Mt. Rainier

WSTC started the volunteer Nordic Patrol at Mount Rainier National Park in 1993 in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).  In 2017 the WSTC transferred the program to a new chapter of the National Ski Patrol. This new chapter was founded with the participation of many current and past WSTC Nordic Patrollers.   The new NPS chapter is named the “Mt. Rainier Nordic Patrol”.   


Additional information on joining the Mt. Rainier Nordic Patrol and the duties of new Patrollers is at:

or by contacting Tom Hobbs, Nordic Patrol Coordinator, at

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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.

( Revised:10/20/2017