Ski patrollers hit the slopes

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Nathan Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos HIgh School, received the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller award for the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol during the Young Adult Patroller Jamboree Feb. 23-24.
Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, Cameron Guy and JoAnna O’Neill, participated in ski clinics and ski patrol avalanche scenarios during the two-day event, which was at Taos Ski Valley Resort. Assistant Patrol Directors Mike O’Neill and Eric Schaller, as well as patrollers Kathy Brooks, Dave Phillips, John Guy, Steve and Julie Maze, accompanied them.
“We are glad to have Nathan on the patrol,” said patrol director Bill Somers. He has done an exceptional job for us during the past two years and the patrol is very proud that he was selected for this prestigious honor.”
The patrol also received the YAP Best Practices Award. Somers praised patrollers Brooks and Maze for their work on this and noted that judges had called their program “a great example of forward thinking and unselfish dedication.”
Phillips, Steve and Julie Maze are Pajarito’s new YAP advisors. Phillips is the new Rocky Mountain Division YAP advisor.
Somers said the all-volunteer patrol is always looking for new members. Candidates are required to pass the Outdoor Emergency Care course, which runs from May to September, two nights a week. Young adult patrollers must be 15-18-years-old and adult patrollers older than 18. For more information, call Somers at 699-1120.