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OEC Cycle A Instructor RefresherPosted August 9, 2014
The OEC Instructor Cycle A 2014 Refresher will be held on Sunday, September 29th, at Butternut in Great Barrington. The sessions begin at 8:00 AM in the upper lodge. Bring your pack and lunch along with your completed workbook.
Open to instructors and those who are in the mentoring process. All others should contact the IOR, Gerry Pollard, at firstname.lastname@example.org
OEC Refresher Study Guide is now OnlineRe-posted from July 23, 2014
You can now download the OEC Cycle A 2014 Refresher Workbook directly from the NSP National website. Click either one of these two links:1. Refresher Workbook Cycle A 2014 (Press Quality PDF)
2. Refresher Workbook Cycle A 2014 (Low resolution PDF; quicker for downloading) Start the exercises and bring the completed workbook to your refresher.
WMR Patrollers Receive National AppointmentsPosted August 8, 2014
In recognition of their outstanding service to the National Ski Patrol, Butternut patrollers Jeff Galm and Pat Garber were awarded National Appointments 11492 and 11494, respectively. Photos of the presentations may be viewed here.
Summer 2014 Trail Sweep is now OnlinePosted August 8, 2014
New Western Massachusetts Region Awards AdvisorPosted August 5, 2014
John Hoffman has stepped forward as our Region's new Awards Advisor. Thank you, John!
Avalanche Level 1 Course “Avalanche Foundations” ModulePosted July 30, 2014
The Western Massachusetts Region will host an Avalanche Level 1 Course “Avalanche Foundations” Module on October 25 (Saturday) at Northfield Mountain. Significant pre-course study is required, but otherwise the course has no prerequisites. Students planning to proceed through to the next module (up north, during the winter) must have backcountry ski gear. All details are available at: http://avycourse.blogspot.com
Region's Spring OEC Course Concludes SuccessfullyPosted July 20, 2014
The Region’s OEC course ended with the practical final on 7/12. Congratulations to the seven candidates who successfully completed the exam:
Sharon Barba (Butternut), Matt Barlin (Thunderbolt), Sarah Elkins
(Berkshire East), Mark Feeley (Blandford), Dave Mitchell (Butternut),
Sara Nacewicz (Butternut), Bob Reggiannini (Butternut).
In Memoriam Hugh "Kevin" HuebnerPosted June 5, 2014
You may read Kevin's obituary at
Elections for Western Massachusetts Region DirectorRe-posted April 5, 2014
The deadline for Region Director nominations has been extended to September 1, 2014.
The election will take place this fall at all refreshers. Please mail or e-mail Gerry Pollard your nomination; self nominations
are acceptable. E-mail
Eastern Division Region Director Election Procedures
Eastern Division Region Director Election Timeline
AMN Returns to Western MassachusettsPosted March 28, 2014
Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic (AMN) instructors return to Northfield Mountain for a weekend of seminars and skills refreshers, the fifth time in eight years. The hardy participants will camp out for the weekend. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.
The 2011 event was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Ski Patrol magazine.
Keep up to date on the weekend’s program by visiting the AMN14 website.
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