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 running for national board representation.  National board reps represent all members and help set the goals  and direction for NSP nationwide.   NH members will have an opportunity to read several news article on the subject of voting over the next three weeks.  Our goal is to highlight several issues that resonate within our region, among our members.

In the meantime, as we all prepare for our individual member ballot invitation — which will be email on October 16th, 2017 — spend some time visiting the links.  Read about the Candidates, post your questions on the discussion forum.  At anytime, please feel free to phone any of the candidates directly.  Their numbers and emails  can be found listed under their candidate profile.

2017 NH Region Refresher List

2017 Annual NSP refreshers are the responsibility of each local patrol. Attending outside you local patrol requires permission from the Patrol Director. Email PD's using the links below.
2017 RefreshersMember Patrols 
September 10NH Region
Instructor Refresher
September 23McIntyre Ski Area Email
October 14Whaleback and
Storrs Hill
October 21Crotchet and
Waterville Valley
October 21Ragged Mtn. Email
October 21Franklin at Loon Email
October 22Dartmouth Skiway Email
October 22Bretton Woods Email
November 4Mount Sunapee Email
November 4King Pine and
November 4Black Mtn. and
Jackson XC
November 11Pat's Peak Email
November 11Gunstock Mtn. Email

2017 Election Info for Southern and Central Section Chiefs


Announcing open nominations for Southern and Central Section Chief. Qualification requirements and job descriptions are included below, along with excerpts of applicable New Hampshire and Eastern Division Bylaws.

Job Requirements of the Section Chief position:

  • Be a liaison between Patrol Director and Patrollers within their Section
  • Make annual visits to Patrols in their Section
  • Listen to concerns/needs of patrols and communicate to appropriate staff or program director.
  • Attend Region meetings and required Division meetings such as the Spring Officer’s meeting each April (this is a Friday, Saturday & Sunday meeting). Note: At the Spring Officers Meeting in April there is a Section Chief’s meeting on Friday night, attendance is important and informative. You will be assigned to a Division Committee and be expected to be an active participant.

NH Region Bylaws:

Section 5.1 – Eligibility
No officer shall be elected or appointed who shall not meet the eligibility requirements contained in the Division Bylaws in effect at the time of selection, nor shall such officer continue to hold office in the event of later ineligibility.

Section 5.3 – Section Chiefs
There shall be three (3) Section Chiefs, who shall be elected for a two-year term in alternate years. A Section Chief may not serve longer than six (6) consecutive years. The Section Chiefs must be registered and active within a patrol within the region. A Section Chief will represent the northern section of New Hampshire (Bretton Woods, Mt Washington, Black Mountain, Gunstock, King Pine, Abenaki, Wilderness, Jackson Cross-Country), the Central Section of New Hampshire (Dartmouth, Franklin, Storr’s Hill, Ragged, Whaleback) and the Southern Section of New Hampshire (Crotched, Pat’s Peak, Proctor, McIntyre, Mt Sunapee). Section Chiefs shall perform such duties as shall be given by the Region Director. The Region Director shall appoint one Section Chief as Alternate Region Director, who shall have the power granted by the Division Bylaws including the power to serve as Region Director in the absence of Region Director. The Section Chief shall have a vote in all Region and Division matters as provided by these Bylaws and the Division Bylaws. Section Chiefs shall hold no other elective office in NSP.

Section 5.8 – Qualification of Region Director and Section Chiefs
Elective officers, except Patrol Directors, shall have the qualification shown in Section 4.1 of the Division Bylaws.


4.1 Eligibility. Region Director candidates must be Active registered patrollers in the Region which they seek to represent, have a minimum of five seasons of patrolling experience, and have achieved Senior Alpine, Senior Nordic, or Certified status. Members currently registered as Patrollers are qualified to become Region Director candidates if they have met the requirements described above at some point in their patrol career.

NOTE: According to New Hampshire Region bylaws, Section Chief’s must have the same qualifications as the Region Director.

Election Process

Election for the positions will be held at each patrol’s refresher in the Fall of 2017. The election will be by secret written ballot and there will be an opportunity for write-in candidates on each ballot. All active members shall be permitted to cast one vote. A patroller is considered an active member if he/she has a NSP registration number reflecting primary membership in a patrol in the New Hampshire region, excluding alumni, medical associates, candidates and professional division members. Only active members of the patrols located in the southern and central sections will be permitted to vote for the Section Chief position in their respective sections. In the event a member does not complete his or her refresher at his/her home patrol, arrangements will be made to permit that member to vote at the refresher he/she attends. A vote tally will be announced after the last refresher in each section has completed the voting process.

DEADLINES: For those qualified and interested patrollers, notice of your interest must be received (in writing (via snail mail) or email) to one of the members of the Election Committee by the deadline date September 21, 2017. Any notice of interest received after the deadline date WILL NOT BE COUNTED. All notices of interest must have a date stamp on them in order to be valid. Telling someone on the Election Committee you are interested WILL NOT COUNT…it must be in writing and date stamped by either the U.S. MAIL or an email date stamp. Elections will be held at Patrol Refreshers this fall.

Resume and platforms from interested patrollers need to be received by September 21, 2017, in order to be posted on the website for all patrollers to review. To start the process please contact Ray Whitley, Election Committee Chairman.

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 Larson, Crotchet Mtn. Ski Patroller

Martha was raised in the Quinsigamond Village area of Worcester and graduated from Burncoat HS, and The Stockbridge School at the University of Massachusetts– Amherst. In 2010 Martha completed her RN degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, and most recently worked several years for Spring Hill Recovery in Ashby. She was a talented floral designer, who worked for several area florists through the years and loved spending time outdoors. She enjoyed kayaking, hiking and especially skiing, spending many years on the ski patrols at Mt Wachusett and Crotched Mountain ski areas. Martha held a love for animals her whole life. As a teenager, she volunteered many hours at the Worcester Science Center, now the Ecotarium in Worcester.

Martha will be forever loved and missed by her four sons; Carl “Tony” Faler of Denver, Matthew Faler of Lowell, Michael Rellstab of Ashburnham and Zach Rellstab of Worcester; her two brothers, Peter R. Larson and his wife, Judith of Grand Rapids, MI, and Thomas W. Larson, Sr. and his wife, Carleen of West Boylston; as well as several nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

A memorial service celebrating Martha’s life is planned on June 24 at Bethlehem Covenant Church, 46 Greenwood Street, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Sierra Club.

Arrangements are under the care of the Fay Brothers Funeral Home, West Boylston. To share an online condolence for the family, please go to

In Memoriam: John Knieriem, Ski Patroller

John Knieriem, RN, 80, died May 2, 2017, at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 25, 1936, in Nyack, NY, the son of Matthew and Ethel (Kelly) Knieriem.

After high school, John enlisted in the US Army and went on to earn his BS degree in Electronic Engineering. He worked in the aerospace industry in California for some years, returning to the East coast to work for Grumman Aircraft on the lunar module that carried astronauts to the moon’s surface. He worked for other companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, eventually settling his family in Manchester in 1973.

His wish to become more involved in the medical field led John to enroll in nursing school at the age of 61. After graduating with his RN degree, he joined the Elliot Hospital Emergency Department.  In 2005, he traveled to New Orleans with the Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

John was a longtime member of the National Ski Patrol, serving over the years at Loon Mountain, Ragged Mountain, and Pat’s Peak, where he patrolled until his recent illness. In 1988, he joined the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol at Tuckerman Ravine and became its Director in 1994, serving in that role until his passing.

He was also a member of the NH Search and Rescue Council. John was a past president and board member of the Manchester Central High Booster Club, as well as president of the board of the former Manchester Area Family Planning. John loved to ride his bicycle, for many years doing long distance rides to raise money for charities. His favorite was the MDA Trans NH ride, a three-day, 250-mile trek from the Canadian border to Portsmouth. He also enjoyed kayaking with his wife Carol and riding the seacoast with his good friends Paul and Lisa Kling. John completed the Cycle to the Clouds bicycle race up Mt. Washington, twice. In 1996, he walked the 100th Boston Marathon, proudly finishing last among the NH participants, with a time of 6:49:15.

John was a five-time cancer survivor who never let the disease stand in the way of reaching his goals. He was a beloved grandfather and enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s activities and could always be found on the sidelines at their sporting events, and in the audience at every concert, dance recital and school play.

He was predeceased by his brothers Matthew, James, and Michael. John’s family includes his wife of 59 years, Carol (Freese); daughter Sandra Dunfey, RN, of Columbus, GA; sons David Knieriem and his wife Donna of Austin, TX, and Jeffrey Knieriem and his wife Claudette of Hooksett, NH; sisters Anne Knieriem of Tappan, NY, and Mary Johnston of Sun City, Arizona; brother Patrick Knieriem of Pearl River, N; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Matthew, James, and Michael.

The Knieriem family would like to thank the nursing staff of Elliot Hospital’s Fuller Unit for their thoughtful care during John’s final days.

Services:  There are no calling hours. A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 140 South River Rd., Bedford, NH (click for direction).

Donations:  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to either one of his two favorite charities:

  1. Queen City Bike Collective, which helps Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and have the opportunity to fix them, at
  2. Friends of Tuckerman Ravine is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington, NH.  John volunteered thousands of hours of his time to the good works of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. A special donation page was setup to honor his memory: FOTR’s John Knieriem Memorial.

Friends and family are invited to share their photos and memories of John Knieriem at the Families FACEBOOK Tribute page…

NH Region Patrollers Banquet ending the 2017 season

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 I snuck in a little surprise for all.  I garnered two brave volunteers to participate in a dance contest wearing a handmade Halloween mask.  Craig Baker and Kevin Donahue were such good sports to participate in the little skit.  I did present them with a joke prize for their efforts.

Our awards were started off with “Years of Service” presentations starting from twenty years and up to thirty five.  Then special recognition was announced for the very long dedicated service of several individuals.

Stefanie Costello – Senior Alpine Patroller

  • Forty Years (40):  Roger Hooper of Mount Sunapee
  • Forty Five Years (45):  Peter Kaufmann of Crotched Mountain
  • Fifty Years (50):  Dale Hardy of McIntyre Ski Area
  • Fifty Five Years (55):  George Ecker of Mount Sunapee

We followed with recognition of Senior Alpine Patroller achievement, this season Stefanie Costello of Pats Peak completed all her electives and modules.  Next the NH Region recognition for outstanding performance were awarded:

Outstanding YAP Alex Rousseau

  • Young Adult Patroller (YAP):  Alex Rousseau of Pats Peak
  • Outstanding Volunteer Alpine Patroller:  Deb Brown of Ragged Mt
  • Outstanding Large Patrol:  Crotched Mountain

Awards for meritorious service were presented to:

  • Meritorious Service Awards were presented to Ted Fitzgerald and Lisa Kling both from Ragged Mountain, for their dedicated service to the NH Region.

    Outstanding Volunteer Deb Brown

  • Blue Merit Stars awarded to Kevin Boulard and Sarah Carlstrom, both from Pats Peak, in recognition for saving the lives of skiers.
  • A Purple Merit Star was awarded to Alex Rousseau of Pat’s Peak for significant aid in the saving of a skier’s life.

There were also two special NSP “Angel Pins” given to Kim Bolton and Tina Fitzgerald, both from Ragged Mountain, for their continued support as non-patrolling members.

After the awards presentations, we had our fun door prize

Outstanding Patrol 2017 Crotched Mountain

drawing with many really cool items. Our selection covered a very large table and provides excitement, laughter and smiles.

Our last segment of the evening was our traditional Quilt Raffle Drawing.  The funds raised through this raffle are used to help augment the costs of providing Region Programs for patrol members.  Carolyn Schwarz, a Mount Sunapee Alumni member, won the quilt.  We raised $ 452.00 this year.  Thank you all for your help.

Meritorious Service Awards

Very last but not least, one individual at each dinner table had a special colored flower tied to their chair and were chosen to take the centerpiece home with them.

Blue Merit Star Kevin Boulard and Sarah Carlstrom (not pictured)

Purple Merit Star Alex Rousseau

I do hope all attendees had a wonderful time with us this year.  I personally thank all of you for your continued support of the NH Region NSP and our dedicated patrol members for their contributions to the skiing public.  See you on the slopes next season!

TE Training Yields Better Instructors, “OP-ED”

Ny name is Jake Jacobson, I patrol at King Pine Resort in Madison, NH.  As a Ski and Toboggan “Trainer-Evaluator” for National Ski Patrol, I have found that the program excels at the Toboggan training aspect but has always lagged behind in the Skiing aspect of instruction. This troubles me because the two portions of the program have equal weight in testing scenarios as well as from a practical holistic standpoint.

The essential skills and objectives that we test in both portions — Skiing and Toboggan Handling — BOTH rely on: effective edge control, pressure management, rotary movement control and directing the center of mass while moving forward over the base of support.  Whether we are doing long, medium, or short radius turns or effectively controlling a sled or tail-rope with snowplow, sideslip or transition maneuvers; the movements and the skills are exactly the same.

In my opinion, an Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) Instructor needs to be a “SKI” instructor first and a Toboggan instructor second in order to successfully help students progress to competence and mastery of ALL of our alpine program objectives.  With that said, I attended an NSP sanctioned Ski Trainer’s Workshop hosted by Waterville Valley who provided us with an all day instructor training event run by their own ski school’s Technical Director, Kathy Brennan:

Semi annually, Kathy Brennan is and has been an incredibly valuable asset to the NH OET Program. I’ve skied with her on multiple occasions over the years in Skier Enhancement Clinics and have always come away with new teaching tools for my teaching tool-box and a new approach to my personal skiing.  These occasional clinics have consistently resulted in more effective and enjoyable ski performance.  This event was no exception!

…In addition, at this level of instruction where Kathy is able to clinic NSP Instructors, she was able to give us all a focused progression through the latest PSIA Skiing Fundamentals introduced in their newly published “Alpine Technical Manual.”  Teaching to the fundamentals was Kathy Brennan’s objective. It was meant to coax improvement out of all of us while keeping the conversation open toward applying our new knowledge and experience for correcting and refining our existing teaching techniques.

She pushed us hard from 8:15 to 3:45 and got her intended results while identifying and meeting all of our objectives!  All of this happened in an approachable, enjoyable, and logical progression, by an expert who trains PSIA Instructors working at NH’s biggest ski resorts.

Suffice it to say, that by day’s end, enough eye-opening “WOW” factor was experienced that my brains exploded.  I have definitely joined the Kathy Brennan “Fan Club.”  A marked improvement was seen in ALL members of the NH Region OET Staff in attendance, making this the most advanced group of skiers I have ever had the pleasure to  clinic with!

…And yes, new skiing muscle groups were found, I’m sure I’ll be sore recovering from a great lesson. This event should not only be held annually — it should be REQUIRED for anyone representing NSP in an OET Instructor capacity.

Editor’s Side Note: Any member of the New Hampshire Region Ski Patrol has the opportunity to attend a full day clinic with Kathy Brennan at Waterville Valley.  Every season, NH Region offers a Skiing Enhancement event on the last Sunday of January.  Watch the NH Region CALENDAR page for sign-up details, because this event fills up early.

Young Adult Patroller’s take on Bolton Valley in Vermont

Prepared for anything, NH Region Adult Patroller’s (YAP) eagerly arrived at Bolton Valley in Richmond, Vermont for the Eastern Division Young Adult Patroller’s Seminar on Friday, March 17. With recent storms providing over 20 inches of new snow, the group spent most of the morning and afternoon on the slopes, running the bull wheels ragged. Dinner in the Athletic Center came after check-in, and the YAP’s made their way to their first meeting focusing on Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) equipment required for all events, throughout the weekend. Their packed schedule included training, preparations, skill tests, games, and a bit of friendly social gathering with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, woven into the mix.

There’s no sleeping-in on this trip. After an early breakfast on Saturday, all registered participants separate into four groups; OEC, Ski Skills, Toboggan Skills, and a tour of the mountain lead by their Shepherds. Each group attends one event in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Later, they were allowed some down-time at their condo to take a quick shower, then it’s back to the Athletic Center for dinner. The evening is planned with a skills game called, Minute to Win It. In addition, they have time to socialize and meet other YAP’s from around the region while enjoying conversations among their peers. The time is well spent making new friends, building confidence, and developing relationships that last for generations to come.

The next morning is an early rise with the same agenda in place. Two events in the morning and afternoon, a quick shower, then the main event they have anxiously awaited; the awards banquet! Wide participation brought young patrollers that represented eight states in the Eastern Division. We are proud to share the results of the Pat’s Peak participants who reached the following achievements in five categories.

Skiing Skills Toboggan Skills OEC Skills Patient Assessment Skills Overall Achievement
Alex Rousseau 2nd Alex Rousseau 2nd Alex Rousseau 23rd Alex Rousseau 2nd Alex Rousseau 4th
Emilee Harlow 7th Emilee Harlow 5th Emilee Harlow 18th Emilee Harlow 4th Emilee Harlow 5th
Jeremiah Tickner 15th Jeremiah Tickner 14th Jeremiah Tickner 28th Jeremiah Tickner 17th Jeremiah Tickner  18th
Ethan Case 29th Ethan Case 32nd Ethan Case 34th Ethan Case 8th Ethan Case 36th

For these patrollers, this annual event becomes more than a number or place setting. It’s finding the courage to advance from the young adults we currently know, into strong leaders of the future. To learn more about the Young Adult Program, follow this link to Eastern Division NSP’s YAP webpage.

Patrollers’ Banquet – Saturday April 22, 2017 – Now Open for Registration

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. Download the registration form and mail-in a check…

This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols and share some stories, laughs and camaraderie.

2017 Patrollers’ Banquet QUILT

Cocktail hour is the perfect venue to do some networking with some of our Region officers, program advisors and Instructors and get in the loop of information for next season. It is also a good chance to embellish comical incidents of unique happenings you may have been part of.

Delicious food will be served for dinner and desert.  We’ll have a door prize raffle with cool items for choosing.  This always adds fun to the evening.

NSP Awards will be presented in recognition of Patrollers’ and Patrols’ contributions to the NSP organization.

Finishing off the evening festivities will be the traditional “Quilt Raffle”.  The proceeds from this raffle are donated to the NH Region to augment funding of various programs provided for the dedicated members of NH Region NSP.

Please join us for this fun event and help congratulate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of your fellow patrollers.

Please download the registration form and mail-in a check…

Lisa Kling, NH Region Banquet Coordinator.

Senior OEC looking for HELP

Senior OEC is looking for HELP:  The program is preparing for the 2017 Senior OEC Emergency Medical Management EXAM on Sunday March 12th at Pat’s Peak.  The test is a logistical orchestration of volunteers that gather once per year to setup three Senior level OEC Stations.  We are asking for VOLUNTEERS who can act as patients and for SENIOR level patrollers to act as qualified patroller helpers. The event starts early in the morning and should be over by 1:00 PM for the volunteers. If you can help, please email the Senior OEC Program Advisor at this link…