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Elections for Western Massachusetts Region Director

Re-posted September 1, 2014

WMR Logo The election for Region Director will take place this fall at all refreshers. The two candidates are Chris Cruz and Joel Sevick. The candidates' resumes and statements will be posted when received.

Eastern Division Region Director Election Procedures
Eastern Division Region Director Election Timeline

Stay in Touch with the National Ski Patrol

Posted August 24, 2014

The National office now provides four ways for maintaining contact and sharing experiences:

• Like us on our Facebook page.
• Watch NSP videos on the NSP YouTube Channel.
• View photos from NSP members on the NSP Flickr page.
• Follow us on Twitter.

OEC Cycle A Instructor Refresher

Posted August 9, 2014

OEC Refresher 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 pollardga@gmail.com

OEC Refresher Study Guide is now Online

Re-posted from July 23, 2014

OEC Refresher 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 Appointments

Posted 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 Online

Posted August 8, 2014

Trail Sweep Eastern Division’s Trail Sweep brings patrollers timely news about programs and personalities.

The Summer 2014 issue is available in PDF format for downloading in two versions:
Color, slower download
Mono, faster download

New Western Massachusetts Region Awards Advisor

Posted August 5, 2014

John Hoffman has stepped forward as our Region's new Awards Advisor. Thank you, John!

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 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 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

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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