Los Alamos Ski Patrollers Receive Awards

Young Adult Patroller Jamboree participants from left, YAP Cameron Guy, YAP Nathan Phillips, assistant patrol director Eric Schaller, patroller Dave Phillips and YAP JoAnna O’Neill. Courtesy photo

Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Nathan Phillips on duty recently at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo

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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 February 23-24.

Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, JoAnna O’Neill and Cameron Guy, participated in ski clinics and ski patrol avalanche scenarios during the two-day event at Taos Ski Valley Resort.

Accompanying them were assistant patrol directors Mike O’Neill and Eric Schaller, as well as patrollers Kathy Brooks, Dave Phillips, John Guy and Steve and Julie Maze.

“We are glad to have Nathan on the patrol,” Patrol Director Bill Somers said. “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 Kathy Brooks and Steve Maze for their work on this and noted that judges had called their program “a great example of forward thinking and unselfish dedication.”

Dave Phillips and Steve and Julie Maze are Pajarito’s new YAP advisors. Phillips is the new Rocky Mountain Division YAP advisor.

Somers says 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 to 18 years old and adult patrollers over 18. For more information, call Somers at 699-1120.

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