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The
Ski Patrollers
Alysa Vos,
Barbara Razo and
Nat Cohen are
part of the BBSP
(Big Bear Ski Patrol)
NSP Hill Safety
Patrol
photos provided by
Barbara Razo
National Ski Patrol
is the World's Largest
Winter Rescue
Organization.
Two of their Goals are
Service & Safety!
It was during the 1960 U.S. Ski Patrol tenure that Jerry met Jimmie Nunn. As much of a Flagstaff
local as anyone, Jimmie came to Flagstaff with his family in 1934 and he took up skiing within just a
couple years of his arrival. Jimmie was a member of the Flagstaff High School Ski Team.
When Jimmie and Jerry met, they were both married but became fast and long friends. After Jimmie
was widowed and Jerry divorced, they married in 1975. After Jimmie's retirement in 1985, the Nunns
settled into a peaceful life in Flagstaff. They built a big barn on their Fort Valley property for housing all
of the equipment from both their ski careers. They founded The Arizona Ski Museum, with a collection
that includes more than 500 pairs of skis, vintage ski outfits, colorful posters, group and celebrity ski
photos, snowsport badges and even a chair lift. The Nunns hosted events in the barn, including fashion
shows to raise money for local charities.
Longtime supporters of the Arizona Snowbowl and the Flagstaff Ski Team, Jerry established the
Old Timers Race and the Ladies' Day program. She also received a lifetime achievement award from
Snowbowl. Among the many great things Jerry Nunn accomplished and the many accolades she received,
the apex of her journey came in 2004 when she was first Arizonan to be inducted into the U.S. National
Ski Hall of Fame. In 2006, she won the Carson White Golden Quill Award from the North American
Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).
In 2009, Jerry passed away after a long and full life on the slopes at the age of 87. Jimmie over the
years has rightfully received his own fair share of awards and accolades including the Snowsports Builder
Award from the Far West Ski Association. Jimmie was Chairman of the Far West NSP Division and was
headed for a position at the NSP National Level. Jimmie was injured while skiing and had to pull back
from patrolling. Sadly, Jimmie passed earlier this year. The artifacts from the Nunn's Barn are now housed
at Arizona Snowbowl.
With the progression and growth of the Far West Ski Association into the 21st Century, the FWSA
has invited various members of the National Ski Patrol to participate in their annual meetings and education
programs.
Ron Anderson, who earned the designation as a Lifetime Member of the Big Bear Ski Patrol after
dedicating 25 service years as a volunteer patroller, held a position on the FWSA Board of Directors from
1996 to 2001. Ron brought a wealth of information updating the FWSA Membership on the safety and
education programs of the National Ski Patrol. In 1996, Ron was awarded the Far West J. Stanley Mullen
Award for making decisive contributions to skiing while participating in both the FWSA and NSP organizations.
Barbara
Razo, who still is an active NSP Volunteer Patroller for Big Bear Ski Patrol, has been associated
with FWSA for over 20 years. Barbara has held FWSA Board Positions and has been the FWSA
Silent Auction Chair and volunteer at many of the annual membership conventions held every June. She
has also participated in the FWSA Safety Panel Discussion as a Key Presenter. Barbara is a passionate,
fiercely dedicated, volunteer who exudes joy as an ambassador for both the NSP Far West Division and
the Far West Ski Association.
The definition of " collaboration " is the process of two or more people or organizations working together
to complete a task or achieve a common goal. The combined works performed by the membership
of the FWSA and the National Ski Patrol will continue on in history forever. These are two of the strongest
volunteer groups ever formed. Their collaborations will continue to enhance the member experiences of
both organizations as well as the snow (and summer) sports communities worldwide for decades to come. n
The Avalauncher - a gun designed to prevent
avalanches was developed by Monte Atwater
and Jerry Colburn Nunn. Prior to this piece of
equipment, it was necessary for Ski Patrollers
to ascend the slopes to set off avalanche prone
areas as a safety precaution so skiers on those
slopes would not trigger them resulting in
injuries or death from the rapidly tumbling
snows.
Jimmie Nunn (continued from page 36)
and he had a role in the design of the four
ski areas in Arizona. He designed the
current Agassiz Lodge at Arizona
Snowbowl. The Arizona Ski Museum,
consisting of Jimmie's collection of
memorabilia dating back to 1894 and is
currently housed in the " barn " Jimmie
designed for it in Flagstaff. It has been
donated to the Arizona Snowbowl.
Jimmie was a founding member
and long-time Director of ISHA (the
International Skiing History Association)
from its inception, in 1991. He received
the National Ski Patrol Distinguished
Service Award in 2001 and in 2016
received the Far West Ski Association
Snowsports Builder Award. Jimmie
is a FWSA Hero listed on page 45 in this
booklet. He is also mentioned on page 23.
About the Author:
Barbara Razo - NSP# 210399 ~
brazo@bigbearskipatrol.com
2020 NSP Southern California Region ~
Administrative Patroller of the Year
2016 NSP Gold Merit Star ~
National Patroller of the Year
2007 NSP Silver Merit Star ~
Runner Up for National Patroller of the Year
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