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Ron Clark - NSP Hall of Fame

Ron Clark of the Butternut Ski Patrol was named to the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame by Jerry Sherman, National Awards Chairman.

Ron’s contributions to the National Ski Patrol have been long and varied. Almost as soon as he started patrolling he became more than a day-to-day patroller. He became a senior patroller in his third year. Wanting to share his enthusiasm for the outdoors and the mountains he became a Ski Mountaineering Instructor in 1980 followed by becoming an Avalanche Instructor in 1983. He honed his teaching skills and led many Avalanche and Mountaineering courses serving the Connecticut Region Ski Mountaineering Advisor from 1980-1985.

Ron traveled throughout the Eastern Division to run courses and helping other regions set up their own programs. He was very active teaching a variety of topics at Junior Seminars, Avalanche, Mountaineering and Nordic Seminars in New Hampshire, and basic and advanced courses. In 1985, as his expertise became known, he was asked to become the Eastern Division Ski Mountaineering Advisor. In 1987, during his tenure, he co-authored the first Eastern Division Avalanche and Ski Mountaineering Instructor’s Manual.

In 1992 Ron was appointed as the National Ski Mountaineering Program Director. He taught a variety of topics at several Powder Fall Conferences in Utah and in Val d’Isere, France. He co-authored the Mountain Travel and Rescue in 1995 and the Ski Mountaineering Instructor’s Manual in 1997. Finally, under his guidance the Ski Mountaineering Program officially became the Mountain Travel and Rescue Program as it is known today.

After 25 years, Ron was appointed as the National Skills Development Program Director. In this position, he worked closely with the Wilderness Medical Society to develop a joint course to train doctors in skills relevant to ski patrollers at ski races.

Ron continues to patrol at Butternut and has a secondary registration at the Thunderbolt Ski Patrol which was formed to patrol on the Mt. Greylock Reservation in Massachusetts (a non-lift served area). Each year they hold two major events; The Thunderbolt Race and a newly-formed patrol event called the MTR Challenge.

Congratulations to Ron for receiving this prestigious award.

(left to right: Jeff Galm, Butternut Patrol Director; Jerry Sherman, NSP National Awards Chairman; Ron Clark, NSP Hall of Fame Receipient. not shown: Gerry Pollard, NSP Western Massachusetts Regional Director)

Posted March 27, 2018

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