News and Information
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.
Eastern Snow and Avalanche WorkshopPosted October 13, 2014
The 4th Annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) offers an exceptional opportunity for patrollers to hone their knowledge of snow science, avalanches, winter weather, and incident reports. Instructors and patrollers with a strong avvy background will especially benefit; an Avalanche Level 1 course is a recommended prerequisite. The program has a focus on the Northeast yet with presenters from across the nation.
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
Stay in Touch with the National Ski PatrolPosted 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 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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