The National Ski Patrol has hired Kyle Hanson as associate director of education programs for the association. Hanson’s primary responsibilities will be enhancing NSP’s Outdoor Emergency Care Program and promoting its use within the association and the outdoor industry in general, while Elizabeth Mason, education assistant, will continue to provide support for NSP’s other education programs.

“Strong support for the OEC Program is important for the future of the organization,” said Executive Director, Stephen Over. “OEC is the primary benefit of NSP membership and for the industries we serve. Kyle brings considerable enthusiasm to the position, and we are confident that his extensive outdoor experience will add value to our programs, providing additional support for our members and our outdoor industry affiliates.”

Hanson is a member of the National Ski Patrol and is an Outdoor Emergency Care technician. An avid skier, mountaineer, and climber, he has bagged several significant summits-including 22,841-foot Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. He also enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and fly-fishing.

Hanson has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Montana State University and is working on his MBA at the University of Denver. In the professional setting, he has accumulated considerable experience in market research, sports marketing, and expedition and event management. In addition, he ran ACAC Rocks, a climbing facility and outdoor adventure center in Virginia.

Most recently Hanson served as a graduate teaching assistant in the marketing department at Denver’s Daniels College of Business and was the Denver manager of C.L.I.M.B. for Kids, a not-for-profit agency that seeks to empower inner-city youth through education programs, technology training, and outdoor activities.