News and Information
Ski and Toboggan ClinicPosted November 17, 2014
The Western Massachusetts Region and Eastern Division are hosting another free Ski and Toboggan Clinic at Jiminy Peak on January 4th, 2015. Last year's clinic was a huge success and included enhancement in alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark, toboggan handling , and woman's. This is a great way to learn while having fun and becoming involved with the S&T program. Please pass this information to your patrollers and contact Travis Kline email@example.com or Paul Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. MORE »
Butternut Patrollers Awarded Purple Merit StarPosted October 29, 2014
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Butternut patrollers Dan and Marcy Moriarty were awarded the NSP Purple Merit Star following the patrol’s OEC refresher on October 25. The highest honor of the National Ski Patrol, the Purple Merit Star is given for saving a human life through emergency care and the use of ski patrol skills. The New York State Police gave this letter of support for the nomination.
L to R: Laura Tucker & John Sober, Co-Butternut Awards Coordinators, Purple Merit Star recipients Dan and Marcy Moriarty, and Jeff Galm, Patrol Director.
New Senior Calendar AnnouncedPosted October 28, 2014
Bill Welch has announced the Senior training schedule for the 2014 2015 season. View the calendar by clicking the "SENIOR" tab at the top right of this page or by clicking here. Interested patrollers are requested to advise Bill Welch by November 10 if they wish to participate in this year’s program.
NOAA SKYWARN™ Weather Training Sessions AnnouncedPosted October 14, 2014
The National Weather Service's SKYWARN™ Spotter program conducts training sessions which cover safety, identification of storm features, and weather science. While intended for NWS Storm Spotters, these sessions are valuable for patrollers with Nordic or MTR interests and for all participants in outdoors activities. The NWS Albany office, which covers a wide area, has listed its Fall 2014 schedule of sessions. One may be near you.
Snow Guardians Video now Available on DVD and Blu-rayPosted October 11, 2014
The Fall 2014 issue of Ski Patrol Magazine announces Snow Guardians, a 52-minute documentary about the work of ski patrollers in Montana. Avalanche safety and Search & Rescue operations heighten the drama of this production. Click the above image to play the 2-minute trailer or watch it in full-screen format.
New Assistant Regional DirectorPosted October 5, 2014
Paul Thomas has stepped forward as the new Assistant Director of the Western Massachusetts Region. Thank you, Paul, and thanks to Andrew O’Flaherty for his service to the region.
Opening for Young Adult Program AdvisorPosted October 5, 2014
The Western Massachusetts Region is currently seeking an Advisor for the Young Adult Program.
Anyone interested should please contact Joel Sevick: email@example.com
MTR 2 Course to be held this WinterPosted October 4, 2014
Eric Zaharee will lead a Mountain Travel and Rescue 2 Course (MTR 2) in 2 sessions:
- January 24-25, Ragged Mt. Resort, Danbury NH. Overnight camping required.
- February 20-22, White Mountain National Forest, Mt. Moosilauke, Warren NH. Field exercise.
AMN Instructors Hold Weekend Enhancement SeminarsPosted September 22, 2014
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Eastern Division Director John Shipman was on hand to welcome 63 Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic (AMN) instructors to Northfield Mountain for a weekend of enhancement seminars and skills refreshers. Participants travelled from 12 states, as far away as Ohio and Virginia. The program included an 8-hour low-angle rescue class. Most of the patrollers camped out for the weekend. Read more at the AMN14 website.
Report of Western Massachusetts Region Director Joel SevickPosted September 5, 2014
I have been Regional Director for the past 3½ years. During this time, we have seen a lot of changes. Some have been positive changes and some negative.
We survived the roll out of the OEC 5th edition along with the required documentation of the S&T refreshers. National dues increased while our regional dues have not. In fact, we have the second lowest dues in the 15 regions of Eastern Division. As Regional Director, I would like to keep it that way; even as National is requiring more of regions.
Elections for Western Massachusetts Region DirectorRe-posted September 1, 2014
The election for Region Director will take place this fall at all refreshers.
Read the resumes of the two candidates,
Chris Cruz and
Eastern Division Region Director Election Procedures
Eastern Division Region Director Election Timeline
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.
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