A few short 10th Mountain Division “ski patrol” first aid films have recently been published to Shutterstock. The videos show state of the art procedures for treating freezing and frostbite, and knee and ankle sprains, circa 1942 before the US entered World War II.
National Ski Patrol (NSP) Founder, Minnie Dole, was instrumental in founding the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division alpine fighting force, after founding the NSP in 1938 at the urging of NSAA (National Skier Association of America, not to be confused with NSP’s main partner 75 years later, the National Ski Areas Association) President, Roger Langley. During the height of the 10th Mountain Division’s build-up, its training grounds were located near what is now Aspen, Colorado.
The National Ski Patrol led the recruiting effort for 10th Mountain Division troops, filling those positions with thousands of ski patrollers from around the US. These videos provide an excellent perspective on the state of the Ski Patrol first aid art, circa 1942.
Freezing and Frostbite: Part One, Part Two
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