National Board Election Season has begun…

National Ski Patrol is once again in an election year for National Board representation.  The NSP.ORG website debuted the 2017 CANDIDATES website where members may read the platform statements of each nominee.

The NSP Forum web page is also open again this year, where questions can be posted and candidate responses can be tracked.  The forum allows multiple candidates to post their responses to member posed questions.  NSP want to encourage discussions between the members and the candidates.

New Hampshire Region is dedicated to help our members learn about the candidates running for national board representation.  National board reps represent all members and help set the goals  and direction for NSP nationwide.   NH members will have an opportunity to read several news article on the subject of voting over the next three weeks.  Our goal is to highlight several issues that resonate within our region, among our members.

In the meantime, as we all prepare for our individual member ballot invitation — which will be email on October 16th, 2017 — spend some time visiting the links.  Read about the Candidates, post your questions on the discussion forum.  At anytime, please feel free to phone any of the candidates directly.  Their numbers and emails  can be found listed under their candidate profile.

2017 Election Info for Southern and Central Section Chiefs

NH REGION ELECTION NOTIFICATION

Announcing open nominations for Southern and Central Section Chief. Qualification requirements and job descriptions are included below, along with excerpts of applicable New Hampshire and Eastern Division Bylaws.

Job Requirements of the Section Chief position:

  • Be a liaison between Patrol Director and Patrollers within their Section
  • Make annual visits to Patrols in their Section
  • Listen to concerns/needs of patrols and communicate to appropriate staff or program director.
  • Attend Region meetings and required Division meetings such as the Spring Officer’s meeting each April (this is a Friday, Saturday & Sunday meeting). Note: At the Spring Officers Meeting in April there is a Section Chief’s meeting on Friday night, attendance is important and informative. You will be assigned to a Division Committee and be expected to be an active participant.

NH Region Bylaws:

Section 5.1 – Eligibility
No officer shall be elected or appointed who shall not meet the eligibility requirements contained in the Division Bylaws in effect at the time of selection, nor shall such officer continue to hold office in the event of later ineligibility.

Section 5.3 – Section Chiefs
There shall be three (3) Section Chiefs, who shall be elected for a two-year term in alternate years. A Section Chief may not serve longer than six (6) consecutive years. The Section Chiefs must be registered and active within a patrol within the region. A Section Chief will represent the northern section of New Hampshire (Bretton Woods, Mt Washington, Black Mountain, Gunstock, King Pine, Abenaki, Wilderness, Jackson Cross-Country), the Central Section of New Hampshire (Dartmouth, Franklin, Storr’s Hill, Ragged, Whaleback) and the Southern Section of New Hampshire (Crotched, Pat’s Peak, Proctor, McIntyre, Mt Sunapee). Section Chiefs shall perform such duties as shall be given by the Region Director. The Region Director shall appoint one Section Chief as Alternate Region Director, who shall have the power granted by the Division Bylaws including the power to serve as Region Director in the absence of Region Director. The Section Chief shall have a vote in all Region and Division matters as provided by these Bylaws and the Division Bylaws. Section Chiefs shall hold no other elective office in NSP.

Section 5.8 – Qualification of Region Director and Section Chiefs
Elective officers, except Patrol Directors, shall have the qualification shown in Section 4.1 of the Division Bylaws.


DIVISION BYLAWS

4.1 Eligibility. Region Director candidates must be Active registered patrollers in the Region which they seek to represent, have a minimum of five seasons of patrolling experience, and have achieved Senior Alpine, Senior Nordic, or Certified status. Members currently registered as Patrollers are qualified to become Region Director candidates if they have met the requirements described above at some point in their patrol career.

NOTE: According to New Hampshire Region bylaws, Section Chief’s must have the same qualifications as the Region Director.


Election Process

Election for the positions will be held at each patrol’s refresher in the Fall of 2017. The election will be by secret written ballot and there will be an opportunity for write-in candidates on each ballot. All active members shall be permitted to cast one vote. A patroller is considered an active member if he/she has a NSP registration number reflecting primary membership in a patrol in the New Hampshire region, excluding alumni, medical associates, candidates and professional division members. Only active members of the patrols located in the southern and central sections will be permitted to vote for the Section Chief position in their respective sections. In the event a member does not complete his or her refresher at his/her home patrol, arrangements will be made to permit that member to vote at the refresher he/she attends. A vote tally will be announced after the last refresher in each section has completed the voting process.

DEADLINES: For those qualified and interested patrollers, notice of your interest must be received (in writing (via snail mail) or email) to one of the members of the Election Committee by the deadline date September 21, 2017. Any notice of interest received after the deadline date WILL NOT BE COUNTED. All notices of interest must have a date stamp on them in order to be valid. Telling someone on the Election Committee you are interested WILL NOT COUNT…it must be in writing and date stamped by either the U.S. MAIL or an email date stamp. Elections will be held at Patrol Refreshers this fall.

Resume and platforms from interested patrollers need to be received by September 21, 2017, in order to be posted on the website for all patrollers to review. To start the process please contact Ray Whitley, Election Committee Chairman.

NH Region Patrollers Banquet ending the 2017 season

I’d like to take just a little time for a wrap up on our 2017 NH Region Patrollers Banquet held at Ragged Mountain Resort on April, 22, 2017.  What a great way to celebrate our organization and the NH patrol members who give of themselves to so many.

We had a good attendance with lots of patrollers and their spouses from many patrols throughout the Region.  There was plenty of time to visit and connect with individuals which some of us may have worked with during the season either through Toboggan clinics or training with OEC or just plain daily patrolling.  Great food was served for our dinner and desert was plentiful and sweet.  Our dinner table centerpieces were lovely donated potted flowers from Pleasant View Gardens.

After I presented my opening remarks and thanked the many individuals who helped make the event another success I snuck in a little surprise for all.  I garnered two brave volunteers to participate in a dance contest wearing a handmade Halloween mask.  Craig Baker and Kevin Donahue were such good sports to participate in the little skit.  I did present them with a joke prize for their efforts.

Our awards were started off with “Years of Service” presentations starting from twenty years and up to thirty five.  Then special recognition was announced for the very long dedicated service of several individuals.

Stefanie Costello – Senior Alpine Patroller

  • Forty Years (40):  Roger Hooper of Mount Sunapee
  • Forty Five Years (45):  Peter Kaufmann of Crotched Mountain
  • Fifty Years (50):  Dale Hardy of McIntyre Ski Area
  • Fifty Five Years (55):  George Ecker of Mount Sunapee

We followed with recognition of Senior Alpine Patroller achievement, this season Stefanie Costello of Pats Peak completed all her electives and modules.  Next the NH Region recognition for outstanding performance were awarded:

Outstanding YAP Alex Rousseau

  • Young Adult Patroller (YAP):  Alex Rousseau of Pats Peak
  • Outstanding Volunteer Alpine Patroller:  Deb Brown of Ragged Mt
  • Outstanding Large Patrol:  Crotched Mountain

Awards for meritorious service were presented to:

  • Meritorious Service Awards were presented to Ted Fitzgerald and Lisa Kling both from Ragged Mountain, for their dedicated service to the NH Region.

    Outstanding Volunteer Deb Brown

  • Blue Merit Stars awarded to Kevin Boulard and Sarah Carlstrom, both from Pats Peak, in recognition for saving the lives of skiers.
  • A Purple Merit Star was awarded to Alex Rousseau of Pat’s Peak for significant aid in the saving of a skier’s life.

There were also two special NSP “Angel Pins” given to Kim Bolton and Tina Fitzgerald, both from Ragged Mountain, for their continued support as non-patrolling members.

After the awards presentations, we had our fun door prize

Outstanding Patrol 2017 Crotched Mountain

drawing with many really cool items. Our selection covered a very large table and provides excitement, laughter and smiles.

Our last segment of the evening was our traditional Quilt Raffle Drawing.  The funds raised through this raffle are used to help augment the costs of providing Region Programs for patrol members.  Carolyn Schwarz, a Mount Sunapee Alumni member, won the quilt.  We raised $ 452.00 this year.  Thank you all for your help.

Meritorious Service Awards

Very last but not least, one individual at each dinner table had a special colored flower tied to their chair and were chosen to take the centerpiece home with them.

Blue Merit Star Kevin Boulard and Sarah Carlstrom (not pictured)

Purple Merit Star Alex Rousseau

I do hope all attendees had a wonderful time with us this year.  I personally thank all of you for your continued support of the NH Region NSP and our dedicated patrol members for their contributions to the skiing public.  See you on the slopes next season!

Patrollers’ Banquet – Saturday April 22, 2017 – Now Open for Registration

We’re bringing back the NH Region Patrollers Banquet

This year on April 22, 2017 Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury NH will be hosting our Patrollers Banquet. Download the registration form and mail-in a check…

This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols and share some stories, laughs and camaraderie.

2017 Patrollers’ Banquet QUILT

Cocktail hour is the perfect venue to do some networking with some of our Region officers, program advisors and Instructors and get in the loop of information for next season. It is also a good chance to embellish comical incidents of unique happenings you may have been part of.

Delicious food will be served for dinner and desert.  We’ll have a door prize raffle with cool items for choosing.  This always adds fun to the evening.

NSP Awards will be presented in recognition of Patrollers’ and Patrols’ contributions to the NSP organization.

Finishing off the evening festivities will be the traditional “Quilt Raffle”.  The proceeds from this raffle are donated to the NH Region to augment funding of various programs provided for the dedicated members of NH Region NSP.

Please join us for this fun event and help congratulate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of your fellow patrollers.

Please download the registration form and mail-in a check…

Lisa Kling, NH Region Banquet Coordinator.

Great “Toboggan Enhancement” at King Pine

What a marvelous day we had at King Pine in Madison NH on Sunday January 29th 2017!  The weather was PERFECT, sun, clouds, warm temps and no wind.

Jake Jacobsen and I, as Region TE’s, were Lead Instructors for two groups participating in the Toboggan Clinic.  Almost all the participants came from the King Pine Patrol, and one registered from outside.  John Riley (NH Region ATI) along with two ATI candidates, contributing as Instructors, provided great feedback and demonstration of skills for our students.

We all started out as one large group for a few ski runs to warm up and perform some basic ski patroller skills, which gave us a good indicator for group divisions. We began the morinng by focusing on productive and terrain appropriate drills including snowplow, side slip, transition and crud run route selection.  This got us ready to move to toboggan operation.

With empty sled runs we concentrated on creating smooth sled following results.  The goal for each student was to try using skidded turns in a narrow track called short-swing turns.  Not only did the students feel excellent speed control, it also skied the toboggan with very little rear sled wash-out.  This proved to be very evident when demonstrated by our Instructors,  Everyone’s proficiency improved with a better understanding of the benefits after seeing the demonstration, then getting a chance to practice with NH Region Instructors coaching the skills.

Loaded sleds were worked on steep groomed and somewhat icy trails before venturing into the big and interestingly textured bumps on steeper terrain.  My group was afforded several runs for each student.  The group tried all positions, including outside the handles and alternating to the tail rope.  Students made good improvement and uplifted confidence from early morning to our eventual conclusion by 2:30 PM.

I had the opportunity to observe Jake’s larger group working on the same terrain and noticed that even though the tasks at hand may have been originally daunting for some, by their second or third run I could only see huge smiles and enlightenment on the students’ faces. The elevation of skills for the participants in this clinic was obvious and substantial.

Thanks to our talented Instructors for their time and effort and commitment to the S&T Program. I also want to especially thank “King Pine Ski Patrol” for hosting this wonderful event.  I encourage patrollers from all over NH Region to consider participation in Toboggan Enhancement clinics such as this, I promise that you all will have fun!

Welcoming Patrollers to Join a Training Clinic

We are upon the time for thinking snow and patrol duties… NOW?  Where did the summer go?

I better get in high gear and hop on the train to the mountains and the slopes.  I would like to suggest to all my fellow patrol members to get involved this year in one or more of the great programs the NSP has to offer in the NH Region.

My favorite is the Senior Program (both core elements of S&T and OEC) but there are many other opportunities to participate in.   MTR (Mountain Travel & Rescue) could be very helpful if you are an avid hiker or back country skier.  The MTR courses provide lots of valuable information on map reading, GPS use for navigation and trip planning.  Information and training in Avalanche courses may save your life someday if you know the score when you find yourself in an environment where chances are greater for slides and you’ve learned to understand the signs and symbols of avalanche warnings.

Instructor Development courses can be your first step to becoming an OEC Instructor and improving feeling more confident with your own skills.  ID is required to become an Instructor in any NSP program.

You may wish to choose attending a TELE ski clinic, Skier Enhancement or Toboggan Enhancement.  If you are interested in Ski & Toboggan clinics, keep in mind when you sign up for attendance to be specific about what you would like to work on.  If you are relatively new to patrolling and just want to step it up a notch with your toboggan handling skills then a course listed as “Toboggan Enhancement” may be best suited for you.  In that respect you can tell your instructor(s) for the day what you would like to concentrate on.

If you are entering the “ Senior Program” and have filled out your intent paperwork signed by your Patrol Director, then courses listed as (“Senior S&T clinic”) would be appropriate for that purpose.  Senior S&T clinics are designed to cover all the elements of skiing skills & toboggan handling which you will eventually be evaluated on at the end of the season.  This is not to say that you cannot attend a Senior S&T clinic if you are not in the program officially however, be aware that the clinic will move at the rate of near Senior level performance and intensity.  It can sometimes be a gauge of where you are.

There are also Patrollers’ Schools listed on the calendar which provide a great opportunity for further experience.  These are run by the Eastern Division.

Please take the time to review the Region Calendar often and see what will interest you.  The calendar does change at times so take a peek now and then and sign up for some fun and in the process gain some further skills and knowledge.  I look forward to seeing you on the slopes and working with you.

Thank you for considering.

Lisa Kling
Northern Sec. Chief/Asst Region Director

Welcome to a new season!

Welcome patrollers to the start of another season. As the refreshers wrap up and we all ramp up, rest assured, this season almost certainly will be better than what Mother Nature provided last winter. Many of our mountains will be opening over the next few weeks and we will once again be seeing many good friends after our hot snowless summer.

As section chief for the New Hampshire Region, I have had the opportunity to visit several refreshers and meet many of you. Always thrilled to meet everyone and see the passion and camaraderie we share as patrollers no matter where I go.

Soon we will be on the snow and with that means our region training clinics will also be starting up. Would encourage all to visit the calendar tab and check out the different clinics available.  There are many to choose from and they are a great way to improve our skills, meet fellow patrollers, visit other mountains and most importantly have a great time. These clinics are available to all of our members and most are at no cost. They are also open to every ability level. If you have never attended one, I would strongly suggest you check them out and see all the fun to be had.

Quick region news note: Last week Waterville Valley Resort was just added to the NH Region as a volunteer mountain. For many years Waterville Valley had been a strictly pro patrol mountain. Now being both a pro and volunteer patrol, Waterville will be more active in hosting region events and region patrollers. There are several clinics already scheduled for this season.

Lastly, THANK YOU for all you do for your patrol, mountain, region and NSP!! Hope to see everyone on the snow and wish all a successful 2016/17 season.

Jeff Hayes
Southern Section Chief
New Hampshire Region, NSP

Patroller Conditioning

Well, I believe Spring has finally arrived.  I can tell because the fruit trees are in blossom, two pairs of bluebirds have taken up residence in the nesting boxes near my garden AND!!!! There are masses of BLACK FLIES insistent of dining on my limited blood supply every time I try to start my yard work.

As much as we all love the Spring , Summer and Fall seasons with all they have to offer, let’s keep Winter and the upcoming ski season in our sights.

Through my activities as Northern Section Chief and as an S&T Instructor and Evaluator I have had the opportunity to meet many great individuals and work with them throughout several seasons.  One common theme I hear while working with these patrollers is “Wow, I’m beat, my body hurts in places where I never even knew I had muscles.”   Well, surprisingly there is some truth to this statement.

When we get out on the hill and on our skis for the first few days of the a new ski season we do ask certain muscle groups to perform that probably have not been whipped into shape for 5-6 long months before we ski.  Of course we get sore.

What do we do about it??   I’ll throw out my idea and discuss what I try to make work for me. Let’s think in term of CONDITIONING teams, like baseball players,  don’t just jump out of the box on opening day and play their hearts out.  They participate in “Spring Training.”

If we want to perform better and enjoy better endurance with our on-hill patrolling, then we have to prepare ahead of time.  The earlier we start the smaller and more gradual increased exercise activities we can employ.  Doing a late “Out of the Gate” intense work out could prove counterproductive and possibly cause injury.

Suggestions for success include:

  1. Make a conscientious and realistic plan; keep a log book of your efforts.  Commit to it.
  2. Walk briskly several times a week over a measured distance, keep track of your time.  See if it seems easier and if recovery time is decreases the more you walk.
  3. Walk the dog longer than you usually would.  It’s also better for your pet.
  4. If you’re a runner, increase your mileage gradually.  Include some hills and register for a race or two.   Registering for a race may help to keep you motivated — to help you stick with it.
  5. Do some hikes with your family or friends or join a local AMC group hike.
  6. Get on the bike, ride some trails or light traffic roads.  Repeat the same course and record your times.
  7. You could even consider joining a Square Dancing Club.  Don’t Laugh! This actually takes endurance, full body limberness, and strength dancing 6-7 minute song durations.
  8. We all need to STRETCH!  Think of blowing up a balloon.  Did you ever wonder why blowing up a balloon is easier after you stretch it a few good times?  Because it’s warmed up and ready.  It is far better to gradually (within a controlled program) work and condition the muscles, adjoining tendons and ligaments to prepare them for athletic  activity, than to leave to the chance an abrupt and forceful trauma where the body discovers that TEARING, TWISTISTING or DETATCHMENT is the only alternative.
  9. Think of our bodies with whatever analogy works for you — a balloon, a car not warmed up enough during sub-zero temperatures — before taking off. Or even potatoes that are not cooked enough before you try to mash them.
  10. When summer is here try eating more fresh vegetable and fruits while they are at their best.  They become habit forming and you will want to continue even when winter comes which is a good thing.

With good eating, good exercising and routine-based conditioning practices you’re rewards will prove well worth the effort.  You will present yourself as a LEAN, MEAN, PATROLLING MACHINE for the upcoming season and it may be you this season not complaining about aching muscles.

I look forward to seeing you on the slopes this year.
Lisa Kling. Northern Section Chief

MTR-Avalanche-Nordic Instructors on the move!

MTR-Avalanche-Nordic Instructors on the move!

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It was a darker than normal night as I headed out at 4am, what happened to the stars?  As I climbed into the boat for my water commute to the car, I realized what was going on.  The clear skies had led to radiational cooling of the earth and a ground fog had developed over the water.  Not a big deal, unless you live on an Island and have to cross open water to get to the car.  As I pushed off the dock, I noted its orientation, adjusted my course, and hoped to see the navigation buoys come into view, soon.

I was headed to an MTR program at the Mount Greylock Ski Club in Western MA where two NH MTR Instructors would work with Western MA candidate instructors to deliver an MTR enhancement program.  Subjects to taught included land navigation and2015-09-12 13.30.57 emergency shelters.  It was just shy of a 4 hour drive, but I was looking forward to the program and visiting the Mount Greylock Ski Club.  The ski club runs the area that is a nestled into the Greylock Mountain State Reservation.  Their tow ropes serve varied terrain and the narrow access “road” is one way.   Until 2:30pm, up only, and then downhill only after 2:30.  Coming from another small ski area, this would be a treat.

The buoys soon came into view, and I altered my course for the final leg of my water commute.  The fog was so thick, I could only see inside my boat.  No lights from the shore, no stars above, nothing but damp darkness.  My flashlight was useless.

The Mountain Travel and Rescue(MTR) program, is one of the disciplines that the National Ski Patrol offers its membership and the general public.  Expert volunteer
instructors teach 17 core topics that include Low Angle Rescue, Land Navigation, Search and Rescue techniques, and winter mountain travel   Soon, another set of navigation buoys came out of thIMG_2164-001e fog, but there shouldn’t be another set.  I should be on shore, at the landing dock.  Where am I?  That’s when I started to laugh.  Any other time, this could be a scary lost situation.  Fear is the usual emotion when lost, but training and experience provide me with a different emotion, annoyance.  Normally if this happens, I could just motor until I found shore and then follow it back to my dock, or pull out a cushion and take a nap, waiting for the fog to lift.  The laughter was because of what I had on board.  I’m headed to teach an MTR course, I have no less than 8 compasses and GPS units sitting right beside me.  All I need to do is unzip my bag and pull one out.  My annoyance is now amusement, and I decide to explore the fog a little further.

In mid-September every year, Avalanche, MTR, and Nordic Instructors from across the Eastern Division come together to refresh their skills and teaching methods.  This year the program is hosted by the Northfield Mountain Ski Patrol in Western, MA on September 19th.

A quick mental assessment of these new buoys, and I decide I could have done two things – gone in a big circle, or somehow turned due east and ended up heading away from the landing.  Figuring it was the latter, I turned again and hoped something would come into view.IMG_2172-001

With the new ski season coming into view, could you benefit from one of our programs?  Start checking Region, Division, and National program calendars.  What are you going to do to build your knowledge and experience this winter?  Are you ready to keep your party safe in avalanche terrain, do you know what avalanche terrain is?  Can you lead a search and rescue for a missing guest in your areas side country?  Navigate, travel, and search in the winter environment?  Overnight?  And, then extract a patient?  Join us for just such a program.  In NH, an MTR1 program is scheduled for November 21st and 22nd at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH.  An MTR 2 program is scheduled for two weekends, January and February, in the White Mountains.  Registration will be on NHNSP.org, all are welcome.  Look for additional programs on other Patrol websites.

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Finally, the light at the landing is visible through the fog.  But I’m coming at it from the completely wrong angle.  I must have turned to the east at the first navigation buoy.  Another adventure in navigation is over, what’s your next adventure?

Hope to see you at an NSP course, or in the backcountry!

Craig Garland
NH MTR Advisor

MTR Enrichment Program at Black Mountain

MTR Enrichment Program at Black Mountain

IMG_6962With a stiff breeze on my face and the smell of emerging earth, I arrived at Black Mountain Ski Area in Jackson NH for an MTR Enrichment Seminar.  This past week really reminded me of how long and cold a winter we’ve had.  Snow, sleet, freezing rain, finally melted away and was replaced by brilliant sunshine and a cloud clearing wind.  Can’t believe we’re in April. (more…)