As National Ski Patrol (NSP) rewrites many of the curricula for its educational disciplines, Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) receives the benefits of this modernization. An advantage for OET has been the transformation that our sister organization in the snowsports industry has lead while rethinking education and coaching techniques for skiers and snowboarders. That organization is the Professional Ski Instructor Association – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA – AASI) which focuses its efforts on credentialing snowsports instructors and providing them with a unified curriculum for teaching and coaching ski and snowboarding techniques.
PSIA and their snowboarding affiliate organization AASI began their transformations at the start of the decade. By 2014 PSIA-AASI published its newest collection of “Technical Manuals” along with a rewrite of their “Teaching Handbooks.”
NSP has been working together with PSIA for the last two decades with the intent of developing common methods and a common language for teaching patrollers. It continues to benefit from the best
Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol officially closes down operations on Memorial Day weekend every year. Making it the latest operating ski area within the New Hampshire Region. Every year, the Patrol throws a party on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend to thank its volunteer staff of 20 plus the US Forest Service Snow Rangers for their season of service. The adventure I describe in this article was my trek to Hermit Lake Shelter to deliver the NSP Awards destined to Mount Washington.
The patrol disbands on Memorial Day as the operating agreement with the US Forest Service comes to a close. The next time that these Patrollers will gather again will be the first Saturday in March for their refresher — to start a new winter season. Delivering awards just in time was my mission as the Northern Section Chief in the Region. The easy part was visiting with NH Region’s Awards Advisor Alison Potito. She handed over two awards framed on folders with pins attached.
The weather report looked bleak for the weekend. I headed home to pack my gear. Knowing that multiple rain showers were in the forecast for Mt. Washington, I carefully wrapped the awards into two-gallon zip-lock bags and carefully nuzzled them into my day-pack. Around them I packed insulation layer, not knowing how cold it might get at high mountain elevation. No need to stow my Gortex jacket, I expected to be hiking in the pouring rain — the jacket would be worn the entire way up.
The weather did not disappoint — rain was sprinkling from the start. Tuckerman Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch to Hermit Lake Shelter was approximately a two-hour walk for my family and me. I decided to bring the kids and Erin for the walk and to meet the . . .
During the Fall Refresher season of 2018, NH Region will be running elections for Region Director and Northern Section Chief. A contest for Region Director has developed between Carl Chaplin and Christopher Rousseau. Both candidates have served the NH Region with dedication for many years and are now asking for your vote. In the Northern Section, 0rest 0har is running unopposed for his second term.
Please read their Platform Statements and consider downloading their NSP Curriculum Vitae. Ballots will be available at the Fall Refreshers of each member patrol unit.
Eastern Division Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) and EMARI region asked NH to help register NSP members division-wide seeking to attend the SUNDAY RIVER PATROLLER SCHOOL.
EMARI and Maine Regions partner annually to organize the event, which attracts more than 80 NSP participants. Patrollers come from all over the division to attend a two-day Patroller School where Toboggan Enhancement and Snowsport Enhancement seminars are offered at all levels. NH Region was asked to help streamline registration using our web-based educational event and e-commerce computer servers.
The goal is to provide customers seeking ski patrol specific training to have a simplified registration page for choosing courses during the two-day event. Follow this link to the Sunday River PATROLLER SCHOOL Registration to see the course offerings. There are toboggan, skiing, and snowboarding events. Instructors looking for final certification and TE Candidates needing an evaluation, come together with Division Staff members and NSP members purchasing personalized ski patrolling educational seminars. It’s like receiving small group lessons on the terrain of Sunday River — choose senior level lessons or intermediate level for those who want an informative stress-free seminar. The Eastern Division Women’s Program also offers women-only events.
Mark Clem is an Eastern Division Patroller from Maryland who produces a YouTube TV show called “Meet the Members of the NSP.” He travels all over the division, visiting patrols at a variety of mountains spread across all the Regions that make up or division’s territory. Is interviews seek to uncover the variety of Ski Patrolling that exists across the resorts, from large corporate resorts, down to the smallest family oriented ski hill.
Recently Mark took the show to Lakewood Colorado to interview Meegan Moszynski, the new Executive Directors of the National Ski Patrol. Meegan has only been on the job since the end of summer, and she has hit the ground running. Watch this episode of “Meet the Members of the National Ski Patrol” to meet our newest NSP member . . .
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
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
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.
This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols and share some stories, laughs and camaraderie.
Cocktail hour is the perfect