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.

FEMA Incident Command System "Online Course"

…all members of NSP are required to take this online course before the end of 2019.

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

...from the

Region Director

The weather is getting warmer !!!

The 2018 – 2019 ski season is winding down but there are still a few more events to look forward to. Annual Patrol end of season parties, the Region Awards luncheon in May, the big end of season Memorial Day weekend at Tuckerman Ravine to name a few. As we look back on what was for some an outstanding snow year, and for others a combination of snow and “not quite” snow we have an opportunity to review what worked, what didn’t, and what we would like to, let’s say, “review” a little for next season. As some of you know, the planning goes on all summer.

With that said I’m looking for feedback on what you like and what you would like to see improved or added. It’s difficult to improve without feedback. Were there programs you would have liked to see offered that weren’t? Were there programs you would like to see changed? Take this opportunity to email me and let me know.

Additionally, I’m looking to expand participation in the programs we have in the Region. While its true in some programs we have widespread support and participation, in others we have a bare minimum of support. We have approximately 425 members registered in the Region. We have only 5 ID Instructors and almost all of them pull double or triple duty with other responsibilities. We have only 6 MTR Instructors. On the other hand, we have 37 OET and 111 OEC Instructors.  Again, email me or the Program Advisor if you are interested in becoming an Instructor.

I’m looking forward to working with you all, and remember. It’s time to get involved…

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Region Director Election Update

With the end of refresher-season comes the end of the New Hampshire Region Director and Northern Section Chief Elections. Before I announce the next Region Director, I want to congratulate both candidates, Carl Chaplin (Mount Sunapee) and Chris Rousseau (Pat’s Peak) for their dedication to the Region and their willingness to step forward and run for this important position. Additionally, I would like to thank the 65 percent…

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Region Board

Safety Team is working to help CISI, Stress Injuries

Critical Incident Stress Injury (CISI) is a recognized occupational hazard in First Responders. Stress injury can negatively impact our mental, emotional, and physical well being. CISI can occur as a result of witnessing or hearing about a tragedy, involvement in a disaster, a fatality, an undesirable outcome, a complicated scene or from events unrelated to ski patrolling such as work and life situations.

A better understanding of the onset of CISI in “Ski Patrollers” could help direct treatment and prevention of its consequences. Most states have Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) and Management (CISM) teams that offer support to First Responders. Ski Patrollers as First Responders should have access to CISM, but it is unclear how adequate the support is for each state.

The Purpose of this survey study is to determine the incidence of Critical Incident Stress Injury (CISI) in ski patrollers in the Eastern Division NSP and to determine if…

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ID Course for those interested in teaching OEC

OEC Course season officially begins every year in New Hampshire at the end of August.  To prepare future OEC Instructors, the Region ID Staff offers a traditional classroom-based course.  Check your calendar and visit the Region's Calendar to set aside Saturday,...

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Another Successful Year for Senior OEC Program

This year’s events were held at McIntyre, Ragged, Pats Peak, Crotched, St Francis School and Sunapee. Thank you to all patrol directors and staff who made this possible.

It takes a lot of volunteers to run this program, advisors, trainers, evaluators, station managers, patients, helpers, and moulage artists. Thank you all for your support of our program.

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 which

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Senior OET Clinic at Ragged Mountain, NH

What a great day all had at the Ragged Mountain Senior OET Clinic on Feb 03, 2019! Conditions were primo, students were enthusiastic, and instructors were keen to work with individuals with such positive attitudes. Our day started with Instructor of Record Deb Brown with an informative introduction on objectives for the day and specific highlights of interest in skills where extra practice would be productive and improved upon with guided skill drills and developed muscle memory input.

Starting with ski demonstrations and feedback on participants’ performance and improvement with each segment was rewarding to observe by all three instructors. Sincere feelings of accomplishment from each student stepping it up a notch and challenging themselves was evident throughout the skiing segment of the morning. We worked on groomed steeps, gentle bumps and tight short radius turns by placing ourselves as slalom markers. This drill was fun and forced us to initiate and finish turns appropriately. The candidates were awakened to see and feel improvements in their own performance.

Skills came next with snowplow, sideslip, transition and pivot slips. All did quite well and concentrated on upper/lower body separation and shoulders and head facing down the fall line. Some commented on how much more efficient the task was when these positioning tips were followed.

Getting into the handles of the toboggan in the next segment of the program was fun, fast-moving and enlightening for the three instructors when we observed the receptive and adaptive thinking and resulting performance of our four students. Empty sleds in the gentle bumps and encouragement from instructors enabled the students to let the sled follow with a light grip of handles; appropriate short . . .

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