Interview with NSP’s Meegan Moszynski

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 . . .

Boston Marathon is seeking First Responders

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 . . .

The Five Fundamentals applied by OET Instructors

As National Ski Patrol (NSP) rewrites many of the curricula for its educational disciplines, Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) receives the benefits of this modernization. An advantage for OET has been the transformation that our sister organization in the snowsports industry has lead while rethinking education and coaching techniques for skiers and snowboarders. That organization is the Professional Ski Instructor Association – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA – AASI) which focuses its efforts on credentialing snowsports instructors and providing them with a unified curriculum for teaching and coaching ski and snowboarding techniques.

PSIA and their snowboarding affiliate organization AASI began their transformations at the start of the decade. By 2014 PSIA-AASI published its newest collection of “Technical Manuals” along with a rewrite of their “Teaching Handbooks.”

NSP has been working together with PSIA for the last two decades with the intent of developing common methods and a common language for teaching patrollers. It continues to benefit from the best

Teaching Technical from the PSIA’s Alpine Technical Manual

For decades the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) promoted a student-centered teaching method referred to as “Skills Concept” where the focus was communicating body movements to students. In 1987 PSIA wrote their manual titled “American Teaching System.” The teaching direction emphasized Edging Movements, Rotary Movements, Pressure Movements and Balancing Movements. Removed from the curriculum were the physics and the biomechanics of the skis interacting with the snow surface. This teaching method downplayed technical teaching.

At the same time, radical technological changes in ski manufacturing began creating equipment that became much easier to turn in all snow conditions. Skis just turned for students, let the ski designers handle physics and mechanics, teach the student to make the appropriate body movements became the goal. Besides claimed PSIA, students didn’t want to know the technical; they just wanted the skis to turn. Instead of teaching students to understand the technique, movements were used to generate outcomes without regards to whether they might be valid.

The de-emphasis of biomechanics and ski physics left ski instructors with a lack of understanding of how biomechanical movements might affect the physical interaction between the snow surface and the skis. Without this knowledge, adapting learning progressions for students skiing on technologically superior equipment became stagnant. Racing Coaches were the only ski professionals teaching students how to extract every performance benefits.

Elections are Open — Meet the “Slate of Five”

As promised in previous Election articles, NH Region will bring news from Eastern Division, NSP or any other Division we find relevant for informing NH members while they consider who to cast votes on their ballot. Balloting will open late tonight at 6 PM. NSP will email your ballot invitation, which is an internet based ballot maintained and audited by a third party vendor specializing in certifying elections for non-profits and corporations.

Eastern Division is centering its election news on their Facebook page titled: Eastern Division of the National Ski Patrol. Visit anytime, they stated that videos and articles will be landing on their wall on a daily basis. Remember to LIKE the page if you visit.

Today Eastern Division debuted their first video, for Wendy Arnio

In Memoriam: Michael Burns – Gunstock Patroller

With sadness, the Region would like to announce that longtime Gunstock Ski Patroller and NSP member Michael Burns died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. He served as an Alpine Patroller at Gunstock in Gilford NH for 16 years.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, October 10th from 4 PM to 7 PM at R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, Rochester, NH. The funeral will be the next morning, Wednesday, October 11th at 10 AM, beginning at Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH with Fr. Matthew Mirabile, pastor, officiating.

National Board Election Season has begun…

National Ski Patrol is once again in an election year for National Board representation. The NSP.ORG website debuted the 2017 CANDIDATES website where members may read the platform statements of each nominee.

The NSP Forum web page is also open again this year, where questions can be posted and candidate responses can be tracked. The forum allows multiple candidates to post their responses to member posed questions. NSP want to encourage discussions between the members and the candidates.

New Hampshire Region is dedicated to help our members learn about the candidates

In Memoriam: Martha Larson, Ski Patroller

Martha Ellen Larson, 59, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester. She was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Russell P. and Charlotte A. (Field) Larson. Martha was raised in the Quinsigamond Village area of Worcester and...