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 maintains national certification through the National Ski Patrol 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 (18-20)|
|Nathan Basford||Board Member (19-20)|
|Chris Sobin||Board Member (19-21)|
|Kim Weichers||Board Member (19-21)|
|Jeff Shehan||Board Member (18-20)|
|Emily O'Neil||Board Member (19-21)|
|Bryan Sawyer||Board Member (18-20)|
|Awards & RecognitionMichaelann||LeeEmily O'Neil|
|Education||Rusty Wells & Conor O'neil|
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 GilmanTrevor Howard|
|Medical Advisor||Pete Heyboer|
Corey LedbetterChris Sobin
Flathead Nordic originated in 1975 as the Essex Nordic Patrol serving to patrol the trails of Izaak Walton Inn.