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 . . .
During the Fall Refresher season of 2018, NH Region will be running elections for Region Director and Northern Section Chief. A contest for Region Director has developed between Carl Chaplin and Christopher Rousseau. Both candidates have served the NH Region with dedication for many years and are now asking for your vote. In the Northern Section, 0rest 0har is running unopposed for his second term.
Please read their Platform Statements and consider downloading their NSP Curriculum Vitae. Ballots will be available at the Fall Refreshers of each member patrol unit.
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:
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)
Eastern Division Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) and EMARI region asked NH to help register NSP members division-wide seeking to attend the SUNDAY RIVER PATROLLER SCHOOL.
EMARI and Maine Regions partner annually to organize the event, which attracts more than 80 NSP participants. Patrollers come from all over the division to attend a two-day Patroller School where Toboggan Enhancement and Snowsport Enhancement seminars are offered at all levels. NH Region was asked to help streamline registration using our web-based educational event and e-commerce computer servers.
The goal is to provide customers seeking ski patrol specific training to have a simplified registration page for choosing courses during the two-day event. Follow this link to the Sunday River PATROLLER SCHOOL Registration to see the course offerings. There are toboggan, skiing, and snowboarding events. Instructors looking for final certification and TE Candidates needing an evaluation, come together with Division Staff members and NSP members purchasing personalized ski patrolling educational seminars. It’s like receiving small group lessons on the terrain of Sunday River — choose senior level lessons or intermediate level for those who want an informative stress-free seminar. The Eastern Division Women’s Program also offers women-only events.
The NSP Senior OEC program 2017-18 season has begun
Throughout the ski season, OEC Senior Program staff run several training clinics helping participants expand and improve their leadership and patroller skills as they work through complex situations and comprehensive patient care. Clinics are an ideal opportunity to learn from one another and have been planned at a variety of venues to improve accessibility and enhance training.
Our next clinic will be held at Mount Sunapee, January 7, 2018, starting at 9 am and concluding no later than 3 pm. Training will be on-hill so bring your outdoor gear, but please leave your patrol jackets at home as this is a training event and participants will not be “on duty.”
It is very important you register for each event so we can plan resources to serve you better. Registration for the clinics is easy! Go to the NH Region Ski Patrol website Calendar, review the full schedule of events, select the date of the senior OEC clinic you wish to attend, and click “REGISTER NOW” (candidates will receive an email notification with all my contact info, please call with questions).
Hope to ski you there. To contact me, Ed Sargent, Senior Training Coordinator
Mark Clem is an Eastern Division Patroller from Maryland who produces a YouTube TV show called “Meet the Members of the NSP.” He travels all over the division, visiting patrols at a variety of mountains spread across all the Regions that make up or division’s territory. Is interviews seek to uncover the variety of Ski Patrolling that exists across the resorts, from large corporate resorts, down to the smallest family oriented ski hill.
Recently Mark took the show to Lakewood Colorado to interview Meegan Moszynski, the new Executive Directors of the National Ski Patrol. Meegan has only been on the job since the end of summer, and she has hit the ground running. Watch this episode of “Meet the Members of the National Ski Patrol” to meet our newest NSP member . . .
Have you ever thought about giving the Boston Marathon one day of volunteer work? The Boston Athletic Association has run this event for over 120 years on Patriot’s Day in April. They are looking for FirsatAiders and First Responders to work on the course responding to medical emergencies. Pat’s Peak ski patroller Jonathan Goldfield is the Ski Patrol Liaison to and a member of the Boston Marathon Course Medical Leadership Team and is seeking to add NH Ski Patrollers to the crew.
If you are willing to give a day to the Bostom Marathon, please contact him directly by filling out the form below. The Volunteer Program officially opens on January 4th, Jonathan will be processing applications to . . .