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Avalanche Level 1 Course “Avalanche Foundations” Module

Posted July 30, 2014

avvy logo 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 though to the next module (up north, during the winter) must have backcountry ski gear. All details are available at: http://avycourse.blogspot.com


OEC Refresher Study Guide is now Online

Posted July 23, 2014

OEC Logo You can now download the OEC Refresher Workbook directly from the NSP National website. Click OEC Refresher Study Guide Archive and choose the high or low resolution version of the Refresher Workbook Cycle A 2014.



Region's Summer OEC Course Concludes Successfully

Posted July 20, 2014

Region Competition Winners

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). MORE »


In Memoriam Hugh "Kevin" Huebner

Posted June 5, 2014

OEC Logo Hugh "Kevin" Huebner, 57, of South Hadley passed away on June 2, 2014. He had been a ski patroller at Mount Tom for 17 years.

You may read Kevin's obituary at www.beersandstory.com.



Elections for Western Massachusetts Region Director

Re-posted April 5, 2014

WMR Logo 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 pollardga@gmail.com

Eastern Division Region Director Election Procedures
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AMN Returns to Western Massachusetts

Posted March 28, 2014

OEC Logo 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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