Volunteer with the Southern California Nordic Ski Patrol

[image] Nordic Ski Patrol - Mt. Pinos

Who We Are

The Southern California Nordic Ski Patrol, informally known as the Mount Pinos Nordic Ski Patrol, is a volunteer organization working in partnership with the United States Forest Service since 1976.  During the winter, we are located on Mount Pinos on the Los Padres Forest near Frazier Park, California.

Our patrol has been named the National Outstanding Nordic Ski Patrol by the National Ski Patrol System for 1993, 1996, 1999, 2006 and again in 2011. We patrol on most weekends from mid-November through April when snow is present.  Our patrollers include professionals, tradesmen, techies, students, retirees and other individuals.

What We Do

The Southern California Nordic Ski Patrol provides a winter ski safety service, including emergency first aid and search & rescue. We are trained in first aid, professional rescuer CPR and Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC).

We patrol from McGill Campground area to the summit of Mt. Pinos. By traveling on skis, we can quickly and efficiently access a large geographical area and provide assistance to people that may be lost, caught in bad weather, or simply would like advice on the safest route of travel. We have rescue sleds which contain first aid and medical supplies such as splints and backboards. We are prepared to immobilize and/or treat injuries and we can transport an injured patient back to safety in a sled.

We are also trained in a variety of mountain skills such as Mountain Travel and Rescue as well as avalanche avoidance and rescue. In addition, some members of our patrol are registered with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and participate in statewide search and rescue efforts.

Where To Find Us

Mt. Pinos lies approximately 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Mt. Pinos is located on the Los Padres National Forest. The northern half of Mt Pinos is located in Kern County, while the southern half lies in Ventura County.  At an elevation of 8,831 ft., it is the highest mountain on the Los Padres National Forest.

For more information about the Southern California Nordic Ski Patrol, go to: http://www.nordicbase.org/V