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Roger H. Damon, Jr. – 70 Years Active Service as an NSP Member


Uploaded 06-24-2011 229On May 28, 2016 (the hottest day of spring thus far), my wife Susan and I trekked up to Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington to attend the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol’s (MWVSP) end-of-season activities. It was a beautiful day and, while the parking lot at Pinkham Notch was full, we did not encounter very many skiers/hikers on the trail. A few intrepid skiers headed up into the bowl, but with limited terrain and dangerous icefall, the retreat back down was pretty quick.

Although there was some activity around the Ravine and Mountain, it was a pretty relaxing afternoon leading into what could only be deemed a feast of epic proportions (no nuts and berries here!!). We started the fiesta with some wonderful shrimp cocktail (see where this going??), cheese and vegetable platters, and grilled meats – who doesn’t love that. Then, the main course featured salads, pasta and homemade meatballs, three varieties of sauce, and French bread. As if that were not enough, it was homemade pies and freshly churned ice cream (not kidding) for everyone. I would dare say that you would not get a finer meal down town and all well worth the hike up……

Then, it was time to get down to business. While the meal, frivolity, and camaraderie were great, I attended for a very specific reason. In the absence of our annual banquet, there were a couple of awards that very much needed to be presented – awards that may be once in a lifetime. Oh sure, I have awarded National Appointments, and conferred many service awards to very experienced, longstanding patrollers. However, what I would do on this evening, I doubt that few in my position will ever have the opportunity or enjoyment.

On this May evening, it was my honor to present to Mr. Roger H. Damon, Jr. National Ski Patrol’s Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the National Ski Patrol and the skiing and riding public. And, before you think that this might not be such a monumental event, as there are many of these given out each year, what made this evening so extraordinarily special was the simultaneous presentation of an award recognizing completion of Mr. Damon’s 70th season as an active, patrolling member of the National Ski Patrol. Yes, I did say 70th season!!!! Continue reading

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February Clinic Schedule

The following clinics are being offered by the NH Region during the month of February 2016. Detailed information on each of these events can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab above. Don’t miss out…..season is going fast……register today!!!! February 10, … Continue reading

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From the Region Board

MTR Land Navigation Seminar

Great article by Deb Brown about the MTR Enhancement day spent practicing Land Navigation, Check it out on the News page: MTR Land Navigation… Continue reading

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Patroller Conditioning

Well, I believe Spring has finally arrived. I can tell because the fruit trees are in blossom, two pairs of bluebirds have taken up residence in the nesting boxes near my garden AND!!!! There are masses of BLACK FLIES insistent of dining on my limited blood supply every time I try to start my yard work.

As much as we all love the Spring , Summer and Fall seasons with all they have to offer, let’s keep Winter and the upcoming ski season in our sights.

Through my activities as Northern Section Chief and as an S&T Instructor and Evaluator I have had the opportunity to meet many great individuals and work with them throughout several seasons. One common theme I hear while working with these patrollers is “Wow, I’m beat, my body hurts in places where I never even knew I had muscles.” Continue reading

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MTR-Avalanche-Nordic Instructors on the move!

It was a darker than normal night as I headed out at 4am, what happened to the stars?  As I climbed into the boat for my water commute to the car, I realized what was going on.  The clear skies had led … Continue reading

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