The Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol (FNBP) is a non-profit group of volunteer men and women trained and prepared to respond to any type of winter back-country emergency. The Patrol's area of responsibility is primarily Flathead County, although the patrol will respond anywhere in NW Montana, or if circumstances indicate, we will respond anywhere our services may be helpful.
FNBP operates under the authority of the Flathead County Sheriff, maintains national certification through the National Ski Patrol , and acts and partners with the Flathead National Forest and Flathead Avalanche Center to promote avalanche education and awareness in the Flathead Valley. Our members act as an integral part of the Montana Search and Rescue community by joining local Search & Rescue organizations to respond to emergencies in and around the Flathead Valley. Members are experienced in a wide variety of back-country specialties: avalanche rescue and education, mountain travel and education, outdoor emergency care and transport.
|Trevor Howard||Patrol Representative (16-18)|
|Nathan Basford||Board Member (17-19)|
|Derrick Mercer||Board Member (16-18)|
|Joe Arseneaux||Board Member (17-19)|
|Rusty Wells||Board Member (16-18)|
|Emily O'Neil||Board Member (17-19)|
|Tim Strand||Board Member (16-18)|
|Awards & Recognition||Michaelann Lee|
Trevor Howard (Summit & Flower Point Cache)
Jeff Shehan (Summit & Flower Point Cache)
Emily & Conor O'Neil (Valley Cache)
|Film Festival||Amy & Craig Moore|
|Interagency Liaison||Jeff Gilman|
|Medical Advisor||Pete Heyboer|
Flathead Nordic originated in 1975 as the Essex Nordic Patrol serving to patrol the trails of Izaak Walton Inn.