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In Memoriam: John Knieriem, Ski Patroller

John Knieriem, RN, 80, died May 2, 2017, at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 25, 1936, in Nyack, NY, the son of Matthew and Ethel (Kelly) Knieriem. After high school, John enlisted in the US … Continue reading

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Young Adult Patroller’s take on Bolton Valley in Vermont

Prepared for anything, NH Region Young Adult Patroller’s (YAP) eagerly arrived at Bolton Valley in Richmond, Vermont for the Eastern Division Young Adult Patroller’s Seminar on Friday, March 17. With recent storms providing over 20 inches of new snow, the group spent most of the morning and afternoon on the slopes, running the bull wheels ragged. Dinner in the Athletic Center came after check-in, and the YAP’s made their way to their first meeting focusing on Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) equipment required for all events, throughout the weekend. Their packed schedule included training, preparations, skill tests, games, and a bit of friendly social gathering with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, woven into the mix. Continue reading

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Roger H. Damon, Jr. – 70 Years Active Service as an NSP Member

Uploaded 06-24-2011 229On May 28, 2016 (the hottest day of spring thus far), my wife Susan and I trekked up to Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington to attend the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol’s (MWVSP) end-of-season activities. It was a beautiful day and, while the parking lot at Pinkham Notch was full, we did not encounter very many skiers/hikers on the trail. A few intrepid skiers headed up into the bowl, but with limited terrain and dangerous icefall, the retreat back down was pretty quick. Continue reading

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February Clinic Schedule

The following clinics are being offered by the NH Region during the month of February 2016. Detailed information on each of these events can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab above. Don’t miss out…..season is going fast……register today!!!! February 10, … Continue reading

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January Clinic Schedule

Hi Everyone – Happy New Year!!

The following clinics are being offered by the NH Region during the month of January 2016. Detailed information on each of these events can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab above. Don’t miss out…… Continue reading

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Let it Snow!!!

Although, for the moment, Mother Nature is not cooperating with abundant snows, or with the fine men and women that work so hard to cover our slopes with snow, I know that the members of the NH Region will be prepared when called upon, as our membership has for more than 75 years. The refreshers are complete, we have practiced evacuating our lifts, and our skis are sharpened, waxed, and ready to go. Welcome to a brand new season.

Snow or not, the NH Region has been busily preparing for the season seemingly since the last chair raised the last patroller for the last run of the 2014/2015 season. These efforts Continue reading

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What I did on my summer vacation….

While for obvious reasons I tend to take more time off during the winter season, I do like a little down time during summer for other pursuits. This year, I did not go to Cape Cod, Hawaii, or Disney World, instead I went to Harrison, Maine.

Certified Group PicHarrison, Maine, you ask. What in the world is in Harrison, Maine? Well, there is a beautiful lake there where my wife, Susan, and I camped and swam, went boating, picnicked, and sat around giant bonfires telling tales of what else……skiing and ski patrolling. And, while all of this sounds great, there is one more fact about Harrison, Maine, that drew us to this small Maine town some 30 miles northwest of Portland……..that is, it is the home of the Certified Bootcamp.

Now, the word ‘bootcamp’ probably conjures up some images in your mind of early morning calisthenics, including perhaps a 10-mile run and hundreds of push-ups. However, this is really not a proper descriptor of this event. While an early morning ski down the glassy lake is a possibility, or a swim to get the blood going, that is the extent of it, and all voluntary. Instead, based on your interest, what this event offers is a low key, Continue reading

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In Memory of Kevin Whitley

Kevin Whitley celebrating his most recent birthdayIt is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Kevin Whitley. Kevin (19), son of Ragged Mountain Patroller Ray Whitley, was critically injured in a skateboarding accident in Dunbarton, NH on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Kevin was a constant presence at Ragged Mountain, often found on his snowboard at his father’s side, and always with a smile on his face. This is a tremendous loss to the Ragged Mountain Patrol and New Hampshire Region family. We ask that you remember Kevin in your prayers. Continue reading

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To YAP….or not to YAP

IMPORTANT UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO PAT’S PEAK YOUNG ADULT PATROLLER AND VALUED NEW HAMPSHIRE REGION MEMBER, ABI LENT, FOR WINNING THE EASTERN DIVISION YAP SEMINAR AND PLACING FIRST OVERALL IN THE OEC COMPETITION. WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF YOU, ABI!!!!

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO PAT’S PEAK YOUNG ADULT PATROLLER AND VALUED NEW HAMPSHIRE REGION MEMBER, LEXI KENDRICK, FOR WINNING THE HANS HYSON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP. WAY TO GO, LEXI!!!!

It’s Sunday evening and I have just returned from the 2014/2015 Young Adult Patroller Seminar held at Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts. This year, despite the fact that SATs were being held for college bound students, more than 50 Young Adult Patrollers from across the Eastern Division attended, participated and competed in this annual event. In addition to training and competition, the event provides the student patrollers with the opportunity to network with their peers from across the Division, from Maine all the way to North Carolina. A contingent from the New Hampshire Region attended the seminar and, while not a large group, they certainly represented the Region very well. It is also important to note that several of our adult patrollers attended as chaperones, and we thank them for their commitment and dedication to this very important segment of our population.

As for my role in this weekend, I had the distinct honor of evaluating our fine student patrollers as they competed on the hill in Ski & Toboggan events (skiing, toboggan handling, and skills). Despite the weather – typical New England with rain all day
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