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WMR Patrol Competition Scheduled

Posted January 30, 2016

Otis Ridge will host the annual patrol competition on Sunday, March 13th. The contact person is Laura Harner (skipatrol@otisridge.com). More information shall be forthcoming.


NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

Posted January 29, 2016

Thunderbolt The National Ski Areas Association will hold its Eastern Winter Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3, at Killington, VT. The program includes presentations and vendor exhibits. Sessions on ski and lift safety should be of interest to patrollers. Find information and registration at the NSAA conference site.


Toboggan Enhancement Seminars Scheduled

Posted January 22, 2016

Toboggan Enhancement Seminars are scheduled for February 6th and 21st. See CALENDAR for more information.


50 Year National Lifetime Service Awards

Posted January 1, 2016

Barry Leckonby (Jiminy Peak) and John LaFleur (Berkshire East) have been recognized for their fifty years of service to the National Ski Patrol. Thanks, guys, and congratulations!


In Memoriam Stan (stas) Owczarski

Posted December 27, 2015

The Western Massachusetts Region is saddened at the passing of Stan (stas) Owczarski. He served as past Western Massachusetts Region Director and Assistant Director of the Berkshire East Ski Patrol. You may read his obituary online.


No snow? No problem!

Posted December 23, 2015

We all know the snow is coming and our areas are doing their best to get the trails ready. The S&T team is ready and looking forward to some fun clinics coming up! We have clinics for all abilities and interests. As always there, will be a full schedule of Senior S&T events. In addition to the Senior program, the Region is again hosting a number of Ski Enhancement Seminars, Toboggan Enhancement Seminars, Women's Clinics, Toboggan Instructor Seminars. These clinics will all be located wherever the demand is greatest. At least one Senior clinic, as well as the final evaluation, will be required to be conducted on Senior terrain. These are open to all interested patrollers whether you're a new patroller looking to improve your skills, a seasoned patroller looking to take the step towards senior or anyone else including Senior level patrollers looking to improve and have some fun.

The focus is fun and learning without pressure. Come check out a clinic or two and I'm sure you'll have a good time and go home with a feeling of accomplishment and hopefully a bit tired from a good day on the snow!

Alpine, Telemark, and snowboarders are all welcome. Maybe we'll find someone willing to help out with some Nordic clinics, too.

Interested? Contact Paul Thomas paulfthomas@yahoo.com 518-320-6196 or your local patrol rep. The first clinic is January 3rd @Jiminy – hope to see you there. Check out the calendar page for more dates!


Thunderbolt Ski Race Scheduled

Posted December 7, 2015

Thunderbolt The Thunderbolt Ski Patrol has announced the date of the 2016 Thunderbolt Ski Race on Mount Greylock: Saturday, March 5. Volunteers are needed to patrol the event. Registration of competitors will open soon. More information is available at www.thunderboltskipatrol.com.


New Senior Calendar Online

Posted December 7, 2015

Senior Bill Welch and Paul Thomas have announced the Senior training schedule for the 2015 – 2016 season. View the calendar by clicking the "SENIOR" tab at the top right of this page or by clicking here.


National Board Elections Results

Posted December 6, 2015

Voting for the NSP National Board Representatives has ended. The following candidates have won election to the board. (* indicates current board member)


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

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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.


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