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 . . .
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)
I’d like to take just a little time for a wrap up on our 2017 NH Region Patrollers Banquet held at Ragged Mountain Resort on April, 22, 2017. What a great way to celebrate our organization and the NH patrol members who give of themselves to so many.
We had a good attendance with lots of patrollers and their spouses from many patrols throughout the Region. There was plenty of time to visit and connect with individuals which some of us may have worked with during the season either through Toboggan clinics or training with OEC or just plain daily patrolling. Great food was served for our dinner and desert was plentiful and sweet. Our dinner table centerpieces were lovely donated potted flowers from Pleasant View Gardens.
After I presented my opening remarks and thanked the many individuals who helped make the event another success
We’re bringing back the NH Region Patrollers Banquet… This year on April 22, 2017 Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury NH will be hosting our Patrollers Banquet.
This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols and share some stories, laughs and camaraderie.
Cocktail hour is the perfect