New Hampshire Region Ski Patrol

“The Gold Standard in Mountain Safety and Rescue since 1938”

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NH Region Ski Patrol keeps members up to date with important news.  Check out the News page to see it all.  Program specific news can also be found on inside the individual educational services pages.

Region's Educational Courses

Educational courses for all of the NSP disciplines are open for student registrations.  Members looking for Toboggan Enhancement, Senior Program events, Mountain Travel and Rescue, and Avalanche can start by viewing the Calendar.  Event pages specific to each discipline can be found on the PROGRAMS webpage.

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About NH Region Ski Patrol

NH Region Ski Patrol operates the educational infrastructure of National Ski Patrol (NSP) within New Hampshire.  NSP has almost five hundred members in NH made up of both volunteers and professionals spread out over 18 member patrols all around New Hampshire.

About National Ski Patrol

NH Region Ski Patrol operates the educational infrastructure of National Ski Patrol (NSP) within New Hampshire.  NSP has almost five hundred members in NH made up of both volunteers and professionals spread out over 18 member patrols all around New Hampshire.

NEW HAMPSHIRE REGION SKI PATROL  Educational Services

OEC

Outdoor Emergency Care

MTR

Mountain Travel & Rescue

OET

Outdoor Emergency Transportation

AVA

Avalanche Certification

ID

Instructor Development

Women's

Program

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Region Director

Patroller Awards Luncheon at Waterville Valley Village

The Section Chiefs have been listening; the membership wanted a different, more casual awards presentation. Our mission was to create a less formal affair, seeking warmer weather during daylight hours with family-friendly activities to include the kids.

Please set aside the afternoon of Saturday, May 5th, 2018 to gather at the Waterville Valley Village Conference Center for a casual BBQ luncheon, followed by NH Region’s Awards Presentation. Our goal is to open the village to NH’s finest Samaritan’s. Meet Ski Patrollers from all over the state, enjoy the comradery of fellowship, exchange stories about the season, honor those deserving of awards for their hard work and effort.

1:00 – 2:00 PM Reception and Cocktail Hour
2:00 – 3:30 PM BBQ Luncheon Buffet
3:30 – 5:30 PM Awards Presentation

After the event, feel free to visit the Village and its many restaurants and pubs with both old friends and new acquaintances. Please save the date on your calendar. Registration is officially open, at any time you may click this link to purchase tickets:

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We worked hard to price this event affordably. Register early to receive a discount. Children fourteen and younger attend for free.

$29.95/person (children 14 and under are free)

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Congratulations To All….

The Patrollers of the Eastern Division, including those from New Hampshire, proudly stepped up, voted, and elected the "Slate of Five" National Board Candidates previously discussed on this post, on the Division Website, at your refreshers, and on Facebook, Twitter,...

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Region Board

The OEC Senior Program is Changing…

It takes a special patroller to step up to the challenge of the senior OEC program. They subject themselves to a whole lot of scrutiny as they train with fellow patrollers working their way through difficult scenarios designed to improve their decision making, problem solving and leadership skills. Being involved in this program is a learning opportunity for all of us. We learn from each other and grow as a team. For most of us, this isn’t a one and done, learning experience. It’s a process that is refined over the years.

Each year we kick off the senior program with an informational meeting in early November and begin scheduling events after the holidays through mid-March. This year’s season will start earlier than past seasons and commence with a final exam on February 10th. Great care has been taken to plan events around holidays and hopefully avoid the end of year burden on patrols with…

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In Memoriam: Janis Albrecht – Whaleback Patroller

Janis Albrecht, 60 years old, passed away peacefully May 10th 2018. Raised in Fairfield CT, graduated class of 1975 Andrew Warde High School. A longtime resident of Gaysville, VT.

Janis was a professional Ski Patroller, EMT and volunteered with the adaptive ski program for people with disabilities. She patrolled at Killington Resort, managed the Mountain Ambassadors then took over as Patrol Director for a few. During the summer months, she worked with the horse show circuit.

Janis loved traveling, adventure, hiking, sailing and being with family, friends and her dog. She loved going to concerts and music festivals from Jazz Fest, Bluegrass, Grateful Dead shows, and Zydeco. Janis was a happy, caring, joyful person who loved to have fun and filled her life with wonderful experiences. Ski Patrollers and ski area customers will remember her ever-present smile. She will be dearly missed by her family, her friends, the Ski Patrolling community and never forgotten.

After Killington, she went to Loon Mountain and Black Mountain before settling close to home at Whaleback in Enfield NH. Janis joined the Whaleback Patrol in 2010. Patrol Director Dave Rancore remembers, “I offered her a paid position and made her my assistant. She brought so much knowledge and experience. Over the nine years that Janis was at Whaleback she help me get my instructors certification and we moved refreshers in-house. She was a true patroller first on last off every shift. Yet you might see her giving lift attendants breaks by covering a lift; working in the kitchen; training patrollers on the toboggan and anything else that the ski area might need.”

She will be missed by Whaleback — the Ski Patrol will hold a “Celebration of Life for Ski Patroller Janis Albrecht” at . . .

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Awards Delivery Adventure

Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol officially closes down operations on Memorial Day weekend every year. Making it the latest operating ski area within the New Hampshire Region. Every year, the Patrol throws a party on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend to thank its volunteer staff of 20 plus the US Forest Service Snow Rangers for their season of service. The adventure I describe in this article was my trek to Hermit Lake Shelter to deliver the NSP Awards destined to Mount Washington.

The patrol disbands on Memorial Day as the operating agreement with the US Forest Service comes to a close. The next time that these Patrollers will gather again will be the first Saturday in March for their refresher — to start a new winter season. Delivering awards just in time was my mission as the Northern Section Chief in the Region. The easy part was visiting with NH Region’s Awards Advisor Alison Potito. She handed over two awards framed on folders with pins attached.

The weather report looked bleak for the weekend. I headed home to pack my gear. Knowing that multiple rain showers were in the forecast for Mt. Washington, I carefully wrapped the awards into two-gallon zip-lock bags and carefully nuzzled them into my day-pack. Around them I packed insulation layer, not knowing how cold it might get at high mountain elevation. No need to stow my Gortex jacket, I expected to be hiking in the pouring rain — the jacket would be worn the entire way up.

The weather did not disappoint — rain was sprinkling from the start. Tuckerman Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch to Hermit Lake Shelter was approximately a two-hour walk for my family and me. I decided to bring the kids and Erin for the walk and to meet the . . .

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