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New York State Issues NSP License Plates

Posted November 23, 2015

NYS NSP Plate If your vehicle is registered in New York State, you can obtain NSP license plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

National Appointments Announced

Posted November 16, 2015

National Appointment Congratulations to Linda Clifford and Gerry Pollard who have received NSP's highest honor, National Appointments. Well earned and well deserved! Linda and Gerry have both worked long and hard for their patrols and the region. Linda served as the region's Treasurer, stepping down last year when she agreed to take over as the ROA. Gerry served as the ROA and recently was appointed Assistant Region Director and the Alternate Region Director. See photos HERE.

Refresh Yourself!

Posted November 15, 2015

Refresh ikon To see the latest additions to this website, be sure to Refresh your browser before or while visiting us. To learn how and why, find good explanations here and here. If you can read this, you have already refreshed your internet browser.

Berkshire East Patrol Ski & Snowboard Swap and Sale

Posted November 9, 2015

The Berkshire East Ski Patrol is holding a ski and snowboard swap and sale as a fundraiser. The patrol receives 20% of each sale. The date is Sunday, November 15, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Berkshire East in Charlemont. For more information, read the flyer.

Most Popular New England Ski Trail Names

Posted November 6, 2015

Ski Trail Names The Boston Globe reports that there are more than 2,000 different ski trail names in New England. The frequency of each name is shown by font size in the above-pictured word cloud. Click the image to show all words and read the Globe article.

National Board Elections

Posted October 16, 2015

New England Ski Museum Voting for the NSP National Board Representatives has begun. You should have already received instructions and an electronic ballot by e-mail. Check off your top candidates and submit your preferences.

Skiing Enhancement Seminar coming to Jiminy Peak

Posted October 12, 2015

The Skiing Enhancement Seminar (SES) is designed to help patrollers of all abilities fine-tune and improve their ski skills. It is an opportunity for NSP members to spend two days with PSIA-E top-ranked instructors, in non-threatening, fun-inspired exercises designed to help even the most experienced skiers/patrollers advance their skills. This year’s SES will be held January 8, 9, and 10, 2016 at Jiminy Peak. Read the SES flyer for further informaion.

WMR Caps Now Available

Posted October 8, 2015

Western Mass Region Ballcaps are now available for $15.00 each. To order, contact Gerry Pollard at pollardga@gmail.com and please specify if you would like your ski area name across the back or if you prefer to leave the back blank. More WMR logo wear coming soon. Click images to enlarge.

Instructor Development Materials Now Online

Posted October 1, 2015

We’ve just added Instructor Development documents Training the Adult Learner and Guide to Mentoring New Instructors to the LIBRARY above.

New England Ski Museum Event in Western Massachusetts

Posted September 26, 2015

New England Ski Museum The New England Ski Museum will hold its annual meeting and dinner in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where it will honor Mount Tom's Cal Conniff with its Spirit of Skiing Award. The date is Saturday, November 7, 2015. Details are at the New England Ski Museum website. Thanks to Gerry Pollard for the tip.

History of NSP at Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum

Posted September 24, 2015

NSP Poster The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is planning an exhibit on the history of the National Ski Patrol. The opening celebration will be held in Stowe, Vermont, on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 12:00 to 4:30 PM. The opening ceremony takes place at 2:00 PM.

For more information, click the image and look Here.

AMN Conference a Success

Posted September 21, 2015

AMN15 This past weekend, Avalanche, MTR, and Nordic Instructors from throughout the Eastern Division met for AMN15, a continuing education seminar at Northfield Mountain. Among the 53 patrollers in attendance were the National Nordic Director; the Division Avalanche, MTR, and Nordic Coordinators; and Chris Cruz, Region Director. Click photo to enlarge; see more photos at Dropbox. Sunday’s program consisted of Matt Speier’s Low Angle Rescue class.

Videos Now Online

Posted September 9, 2015

We’ve just added links to videos from the NSP’s YouTube Channel. Scroll down and look in the righthand sidebar.

Summer 2015 Trail Sweep Online

Posted September 4, 2015

Trail Sweep The Eastern Division’s Summer issue of Trail Sweep is now online. Its 22 pages are full of news, events, reports, and photos.

Download it here: Summer 2015 Trail Sweep

New Eastern Division Website

Posted September 4, 2015

Eastern Division Logo The Eastern Division has a completely revamped, new website. The look is cleaner, and it’s more accessible.

Take a look: http://nspeast.weebly.com

Avalanche Courses Scheduled for November

Posted September 1, 2015

avvy logo Two NSP Avalanche courses will be conducted at the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) at Mount Washington, NH, on November 7:

• Instructor Continuing Education Clinic - Avalanche (instructors only)
• Avalanche Awareness (for non-instructors)

Either course requires attendance at ESAW along with sign-up and payment. For more information, contact Jonathan Shefftz jshefftz@alumni.amherst.edu.

New WMR Officers

Posted August 27, 2015

Several new leadership appointments have been made in the WMR. To see the roster of all officers, click CONTACTS above or click here.

In Memoriam Larry Pottebaum

Posted August 22, 2015

Northfield Mountain Nordic is saddened to note the passing of Larry J. Pottebaum, a long-time member of the patrol. He was a registered nurse, a firefighter, and an outdoor educator. You may wish to read more about Larry's life in his online obituary.

In Memoriam Fred Spannaus

Posted July 27, 2015

Fred SpannausIt is with great sadness, that we note the passing of Fred Spannaus early Friday morning. Fred was a long time member of the Butternut Patrol Family, and was greatly respected throughout the Connecticut and Western Mass regions and Eastern Division. Fred taught many of us our medical training, either directly over his three decades of teaching at Butternut or indirectly as we continue to maintain the high standards he established so long ago. You can find his obituary here and view information about his memorial service. Robert Galm has created a video tribute to Fred on YouTube.

Region Welcomes 7 New OEC Technicians!

Posted July 21, 2015

OEC On July 11th this year’s Regional Outdoor Emergency Care Class ended at the Stockbridge Town Offices with the written and practical finals. Five students from the OEC Class and two challengers successfully completed the exams. Thanks to the help of 23 region instructors, the testing was completed by 1:30, with enough time left in the day for a post-exam briefing at Barrington Brewery.

Congratulations to all the candidates: Chuck Slocik (Bousquet), David Pollard, (Berkshire East), Doug Durante (Bousquet), Mathew Corrigan (Butternut), Mike Zollo (Butternut), Patrick Edmunds (Notchview Nordic), and Ryan Brown (Bousquet).

OEC Refresher Workbook now Online

Posted June 9, 2015

OEC Refresher Workbook The 2015 OEC Cycle B Refresher Workbook is now available to all NSP members as a PDF download. Here's how:

1. First, log into your NSP account at nsp.org.
2. Under Quick Links, click Member Resources.
3. Point the cursor to Education Resources and select OEC Resources.

If you need help, e-mail your webmaster, wwschweik@yahoo.com

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Snow Sports Page

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November Almanac

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