Glad to hear you're enjoying patrolling! Boy this brings back great memories for me. NSPS patrollers tend to keep a low profile and just do their job without fanfare. Let me blow the horn for NSPS patrollers out there. I'm a former NSPS patroller (Rust parka/yellow cross) and trainer from NH in the 60s. We trained patrols from NH,MA,&VT. As you are well aware, we always picked the worst snow conditions for our training and testing. Result? patrollers who were solid skiers that could ski anything. We had a 25 man volunteer patrol for our two mountains, with two paid patrolmen during the week. Although we had our own mountain, we all had to be available to patrol in small rope tow areas as well. Likewise, we trained in more things then First-Aid. We encouraged our patrollers to take NSPS avalanche rescue training and get the "Circle A" patch. Avalanches commonly occur in NH's Tuckerman's Ravine, and in those days NSPS had a patrol there. For our patrol,I taught self-evacuation out of lifts that had stopped, i.e. rappeling. We all carried our own lift evacuation gear in our packs. This enabled patrollers, in stopped lifts, to get to the ground and evacuate skiers from the chairs. When the temperature is minus 35 F or minus 45F, with the wind blowing, skiers don't live too long in stopped lifts. Likewise, we also trained in off-mountain rescues, i.e. skier skis off the trail and travels into the woods and breaks his neck. We used NSPS Norm Osborne's procedure on handling broken necks and backs. If people with broken necks are moved incorrectly they can be killed instantly. We showed patrollers how to rig lines through the trees to the skier for the Stokes litter. Carabiners and a pull line were then rigged to help pull the Stokes litter w/skier up to the trail to the toboggan. While the rigging was being done, other patrollers were practising how to unwind the skier from a tree, while maintaining neck traction, and place him on a backboard and then on the Stokes litter. I'm happy to say that five of our trained patrollers, saved a skier's life in just this situation. In that case,before doing anything, the patrollers placed a space blanket on the injured skier to keep him warm. Then another patroller was placed around a tree just like the injured skier. They practiced and practiced unwinding the skier from the tree for hours while maintaining neck traction. They all knew the skier's life was in their hands. When they were ready, they made one move and placed him correctly on the backboard on the Stokes. This training worked like a charm and that skier is alive today because of the training those patrollers received. We also had medical doctors on the patrol that went through our cold weather training and learned techniques they never had in med school. The NSPS is a great organization and its patrollers are the best trained! It was a distinct honor for me to be a member of NSPS. My skiing buddies now are all ex-NSPS. I might add that the founder of NSPS, Minnie Dole, got President Roosevelt to start the 10th Mountain Division during the WWII. Then the NSPS helped recruit and train people for the 10th.