Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol – The Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP) is a volunteer organization that works alongside the Mount Washington Avalanche Center each spring. For over 75 years this extraordinary group has dedicated their time for the benefit of Mount Washington visitors. Founded in 1939, the Patrol provides information and rescue assistance for visitors to Mount Washington’s eastern slopes, with a focus on the springtime skiers, snowboarders, and hikers in Tuckerman Ravine. We’re here to help, so whether it’s your first visit to the ravine or your 100th, don’t be afraid to ask if you have any questions.
Individually, the Patrol is made up of a diverse and talented group of people. Each patroller brings a unique set of skills to the team. There are individuals who are EMTs, paramedics, doctors, and nurses. Some patrollers have traveled the world on climbing and ski trips, while others have over 40 years of focused attention on Mount Washington. Aside from the skills used on the mountain, they spend their working hours as engineers, IT managers, builders, doctors, nurses, etc. Despite these differences, each member of the Patrol has one thing in common: they are committed to making the ravines a safer and more enjoyable place for people to visit.
Interested in joining the Patrol? We are always interested in talking with patrol candidates. If you have a desire to help others, strong mountain and medical skills, and the willingness to make a commitment to multiple seasons, you should talk to a patroller on Mt. Washington. You can find them at Hermit Lake Shelters every weekend from March through May. Or, you may email Bob Strauten, Patrol Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Appalachian Mountain Club – is a longtime partner of the USFS and is integral to our program in the Cutler River Drainage. AMC Hermit Lake shelter caretakers provide travel advice to visitors, maintain the facilities at Hermit Lake, collect daily snow and weather data, and are a part of most every rescue mission.
Friends of MWAC
Friends of Mount Washington Avalanche Center – Since its inception in winter 2012, FoMWAC has helped us with the day-to-day operating needs critical to maintaining and raising our game. We’ve really gotten a lot of mileage out of the smart phones that FoMWAC maintains for us. This big ticket item has allowed us to seamlessly post photos, access up to the minute weather data both on and off the mountain and obsess over the next day’s avalanche problem from anywhere. Founder Bill Downey has secured donations of technical rescue gear from Sterling Ropes, an ABS pack from Ortovox, high-powered Petzl rescue headlamps, wireless printer and keyboard, booties and a harness for Lily, our avalanche rescue dog, American Avalanche Association fees for the National avalanche map, King radio batteries, a laptop, and ski helmets. Bill and his team has been exceptionally generous with their time and fundraising efforts.
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine – Founded in 2000, FoTR has helped MWAC maintain the infrastructure needed to run the program and maintain facilities. FoTR has donated labor and materials for such projects as bridge repair and reconstructing the beloved and heavily used deck at the Hermit Lake caretaker’s shelter. They recently provided flooring for updating the worn out Snow Ranger cabin floor and are the official trail adopters of the Sherburne and Gulf of Slides ski trails. Also, they provided materials for the slat boards at Harvard, Hermit Lake and the courtyard of PNVC as well as a video camera, radios and litters. In 2006/07, their leadership worked with NH DOT to implement construction of the pedestrian bridge on Rt. 16 that provides safer access to the Directissima trailhead parking lot.
Harvard Mountaineering Club
Harvard Mountaineering Club – The club operates the venerable Harvard Cabin that serves as a heated overnight shelter for skiers and climbers and a launch point for rescues in Huntington Ravine. Harvard Cabin caretakers are key players in SAR missions throughout the winter.
Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory – In addition to providing frequently updated point weather forecasts for critical summit weather conditions above our forecast area, the Observatory also provides critical transport for rescuers and patients on the Mount Washington Auto Road. This can save time in the event of above tree line rescue missions.
Mount Washington State Park
New Hampshire State Parks – Skilled state park staff provide assistance to Snow Rangers and local SAR groups in gaining access to upper elevation areas during extreme weather search and rescue operations and are first responders to many incidents that occur in and around the summit.
Peak Rescue Institute
Peak Rescue Institute – Peak Rescue Institute is a non-profit provider of rescue training staffed by professional rescuers and guides who volunteer their time to provide training in some of the most state-of-the-art and effective rescue techniques in the industry. This organization has generously provided scholarships for technical rescue training to local rescue agencies, who in turn provide rescue to people in need in the Cutler River Drainage and elsewhere in the surrounding mountains.
Other contributors to our program include Time for Tuckerman, who donated the proceeds of a map sale to the Ski Patrol to purchase some needed equipment; as well as Sterling Ropes, who graciously donates ropes to the program; and Frontside Coffee Roasters, who help caffeinate our volunteer ski patrollers to prepare them for their extraordinary feats.