Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol (BMNSP) was founded in 1974 with 12 members as the first registered Nordic component of the National Ski Patrol (NSP) in Colorado and the Western United States. BMNSP was the first Nordic patrol at Eldora Mountain Resort and has patrolled in Rocky Mountain National Park at Wild Basin, and Berthoud Pass Ski Area (now closed). Since 2004 the patrol has worked at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort in Tabernash covering the nearly 120 kilometers of trails. Additionally, since 2013 the patrol has also covered 10 trailheads and more than 40 trails along the Peak to Peak Highway in the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest.
The patrol has grown to over 80 members that include patrollers from ages under 18 to over 70. In line with the NSP motto of Service and Safety, BMNSP patrollers work to prevent injury and accidents before they occur as well as to help people injured, lost, or having any troubles of any kind at Devil’s Thumb Ranch or in the Front Range backcountry. Members support outdoor events such as the Stagecoach Classic, Ranch 2 Ranch Trek and the Sourdough Snowshoe Race. Members are also available for search and rescue missions, as needed.
All patrollers are trained to become Outdoor Emergency Care Technicians (OEC) including CPR for Healthcare Professionals. To earn a cross patrollers must train for Nordic and/or backcountry patrolling and pass a skills test. Our training includes Nordic and backcountry ski skills, toboggan skills, avalanche safety, winter travel, survival, search and rescue.
BMNSP members spend a great deal of time annually training to maintain proficiency and teaching skills. Certified NSP instructors from BMNSP teach CPR and OEC courses. Training programs open to the public include first aid (Outdoor Emergency Care), Avalanche, and Mountain Travel and Rescue courses. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate should attend a meeting or check out the “Join” pages and contact the BMNSP Candidate Advisor.
The Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol meets the first Thursday of each month in the winter. If you have suggestions, comments, or questions let us hear from you and keep checking in as new information is continually being added to this site.