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After Rapid Turnover, National Ski Patrol Hires New Executive Director

In August, the third director in five years left the organization, citing conflict.

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The National Ski Patrol Board of Directors announced Stephanie Cox as the organization’s new Executive Director today.

The new hire comes on the tail of several internal challenges at the NSP over the past several years. In August, the third director in five years left the organization, citing conflict and a “vastly different visions for the future of this organization” between himself and the group’s board.

In January of 2022, ski patrollers at Park City Mountain Resort, a Vail Resorts property, voted to strike after nearly a year and a half of stalled contract negotiations. At $13.25 per hour, patrollers were the lowest paid employees at Park City resort despite their training as first responders who provide medical care and mitigate avalanche danger with explosives and other high-risk means. Similarly, patrollers from Stevens Pass, who voted to unionize in 2019, also began picketing last winter after waiting 21 months to finalize their first contract with Vail Resorts as the resort’s new owner.

Prior to joining NSP, Cox acted as Executive Director of World Child Cancer, a global health organization that supports children with cancer and their families to receive the best quality care available to them. Stephanie has lived and worked throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her career credits include Executive Director, World Child Cancer; Founder & CEO, The Level Market, a B2B global marketplace for aid supplies; COO of Nokero International, a solar lighting start-up; Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, iDE; and Editor-in-Chief at the Council of State Governments.

“It is an honor to lead the National Ski Patrol and I’m thrilled to be able to merge my leadership experience with my passion for skiing, mountain biking, and the outdoors,” says Cox. “Throughout the search process, I have been struck by the deep affection and commitment people have for the organization. Looking ahead, I am delighted by the incredible long-term potential, uncharted future growth opportunities, and the chance to bring groups together to strengthen the ski patrol community as a whole.”

Cox, originally from Virginia, has lived in Colorado for 24 years.

The National Ski Patrol is a federally-chartered nonprofit membership association dedicated to serving the outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. NSP has more than 31,000 members who are ski and bike patrollers, mountain hosts, and associates, and who serve more than 600 patrols around the country and internationally. The NSP is based in Lakewood, Colo.