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OEC Refresher - Cycle B

The online portion of the OEC Cycle B Refresher has been posted. As before, to access the online piece, the patroller logs into the NSP site, then goes to online learning (one of the bigger buttons), then clicks the "click here to enter online courses", look for the course tab at the top left, click on that and there you can find the Cycle B refresher piece.

NSP Website

Posted July 9, 2018

Election Year

With this being an election year we are required to post the resume and platform statements for all eligible candidates running for the post of Regional Director. In accordance to NSP's requirements, below is the list of candidates running for Regional Director. Please take a few minutes and review the following candidates so you can make an informed decision at election time.

RD Election Campaign

Posted June 27, 2018

Recent Awards

On Saturday, March 24th, the following Butternut Patrollers received awards...

Ron Clark Hall of Fame

Posted March 27, 2018

WMRD Elections

WMRD Election Announcement

Will we have choices this Fall?

Will you be one of them?

Please read this announcement from our Election Coordinator Jim Fessia

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Posted February 23, 2018

Senior OEC-MSP Update

On February 04, 2018 the WMASS region held its Senior OEC-MSP evaluation. The candidates invested a great deal of time and effort into the clinics, along with self-study and practice. The following candidates successfully completed this year’s evaluation; please join us in congratulating:

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Posted February 7, 2018

Womens Ski Enhancement Seminar

A very successful Women's Ski Enhancement Seminar was held at Butternut on January 28. The region was represented by members from Butternut, Bousquet, Mount Greylock, Jiminy Peak, and Eaglebrook. A special thank you to our PSIA 3 instructor, Lynn McCann from Butternut, who made the day special for all involved. Everyone came away with skills to work on specially tailored to their ability and level. If you didn't attend, you missed something special!

We have a Women's Toboggan Enhancement Seminar scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at Catamount. If you are interested please contact Nicky Enhorning-Picton. Looking forward to another great event!

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Posted February 5, 2018

Instructor Development

New Instructor Development face to face e-course is on NSP Web site. It will be held Sunday March 11, 2018 (first day of Day light savings) at Ski Butternut starting at 10 am.

interested patrollers should contact, Jim Miller for all the specifics for the course.

Posted January 28, 2018

Women's TES Clinic Changed

The Women's TES Clinic has been moved from March 3rd to March 11th. Contact Nicky Picton for more information.

Posted January 10, 2018

Clinics Cancelled for January 6th

As we are bracing against mother nature as she (finally) hits us with a good old fashoned New England Snow Strom, it has been decided to cancel the clinics scheduled for January 6th at Jiminy Peak.

Posted January 4, 2018

Womens MTR Clinic

There will be a womens Mountain Travel and Rescue clinic at Ragged Mountain Ski Resort (NH) on January 28th. Sounds pretty cool for the ladies...

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Posted January 3, 2018

MTR Challenge

Mountain Travel and Rescue Challenge at Gore Mountain to test your skills. Check it out!

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Posted December 19, 2017

Meet the Members of the NSP - Season 2

Mark Clem has been busy this year with 5 episodes already published. We have added a link to the Home memu on the left for 'Meet the Members. Be sure to check in often and follow Mark as he interviews patrollers around the country.

Posted December 15, 2017

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Intro to Senior - Venue Changed

Due to the late start for Butternut, the location of the Intro to Senior clinic has been changed to Jiminy.

Meet in the Clark Room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Country Inn

General Overview:

Posted December 13, 2017

Meet the Members of the NSP - Season 2

Mark Clem is at it again. This time he has a sit down with our new Executive Director, Meegan Moszynski

Posted December 8, 2017

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Instructor Development Course Offering

Jim Miller will be holding the 'face-to-face' portion of the Instructor Development Hybrid course at Butternut on January 21st. Anyone interested in this course needs to contact Jim (james.miller228@gmail.com) for information.

Posted December 6, 2017

Meet the Members of the NSP - Season 2

Follow Mark Clem in his 2nd season of Meet the Members of the National Ski Patrol as he treks to ski areas around the U.S. and interviews members of the National Ski Patrol.

Posted December 5, 2017

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Women's Clinics for 2018

Make new friends, catch up with old friends - all this whilst exploring new terrain at different ski areas.

Come, join us for some brilliant times on the slopes as we work on fine tuning our ski and toboggan skills.

This year we are offering 2 dates; January 28th at Bousquet for the Ski Enhancement Clinic, and March 3rd at Catamount for the Toboggan Enhancement Clinic.

Contact Nicky Picton for more information

Posted November 29, 2017

Introduction to Senior

Interested in becoming a Senior? You gotta read this!

Posted November 10, 2017

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Rick McClave - Lifetime Membership

Rick McClave received his Lifetime Membership for 50 Years for Service during the OEC Refresher held at Jiminy Peak. Congratulation Rick!

Posted November 5, 2017

Butternut Refresher Awards

Several awards were presented at the end of the Butternut refresher this year. Regional Director's Award, Distinguished Service, Leadership Commendation and more...

Posted October 31, 2017

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2018 OET Schedule

OET Schedule has been published.

Posted October 17, 2017

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WMR Refreshers

Looking for a refresher around the Western Mass Region?

Posted October 3, 2017

Mountain Travel Rescue

Another great training opportunity is available. Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR) Level 1 course is an elective course for NSP patrollers that have an interest in becoming familiar in backcountry travel and rescue procedures.

Posted October 3, 2017

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MTR 1 on Mt Greylock

Fall foliage should make this a beautiful time to go for a walk in the woods and take in some of the majestic views from places that the general public does not know how to access. We will spend two nights outside. First night will be spent near our vehicles and the second night will be up on the hill. We will avoid spending time indoors, nature will provide us with our learning space.

You will have a knowledge check to complete before the class – don’t panic it is not difficult.

You will need to show that you have completed ICS 100, 700 – this is an on line program.

We will provide you with an equipment list – if you do not have a critical item, don’t fret.

This class will adapt to the needs of the participants while remaining within the scope of the program.

As of right now we have more women coming than men – so if you are a women who wants to come out and play in the woods – join us! Class size will be limited based student instructor ratio - sign up early.

NSP Class Number: E146170004

Posted September 18, 2017

Snow & Avalanche Workshop

Annual Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop ("ESAW") registered as a concurrent NSP course #E214170001 as continuing education for avalanche instructors. (NSP course # for non-instructors pending.) Additional info available at ESAW.org with registration (and payment) either on-site or pending on-line.

Contact Jonathan Shefftz by email or phone (413-658-5549) for more information.

Posted September 18, 2017

Snow & Avalanche Workshop

Annual Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop ("ESAW") registered as a concurrent NSP course #E214170001 as continuing education for avalanche instructors. (NSP course # for non-instructors pending.) Additional info available at ESAW.org with registration (and payment) either on-site or pending on-line.

Contact Jonathan Shefftz by email or phone (413-658-5549) for more information.

Posted September 18, 2017

Spring/Summer OEC Course Completed

The Western Mass Region spring/summer OEC course was a smashing success. Janine Burt coordinated the course and it was held at Jiminy Peak. The final, practical exam was held on Saturday, August 26th, with all candidates passing. Thank you to all of those who assisted as instructors, evaluators, scenario “helpers” & “patients” to support the course.

A fall course has been scheduled to start at Jiminy on September 13th. This course is not exclusive to those wanting to patrol at Jiminy. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Janine Burt for more information

Posted September 6, 2017

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OEC Refresher Info

It is that time again, time to start preparing for ski season. Our Region OEC Administration, Linda Clifford, has put together this important information regarding this year's refresher...

Posted August 17, 2017

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Advanced Patroller School

There will be an Advanced Patroller School offered at Holiday Valley (WNY Region), Ellicotville, NY, from September 29th to October 1st. This school is open to ALL patrollers from ALL regions.

Posted August 16, 2017

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Summer Edition

The latest edition of the Trail Sweep newsletter has been posted. This issue includes; A Legend Leaves Us, Recapping the Year, Social Media, Calling All Certi eds, and Awards Galore.

Posted July 25, 2017

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Meegan Moszynski, Executive Director

Please join me in welcoming Meegan Moszynski, whom will join the NSP as the Executive Director on July 17, 2017...

Posted June 30, 2017

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Western Mass Represented at Inferno Race

The Western Mass Region was well represented at the 18th Annual Inferno Race held at Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire. Patrollers Josh Schumacher, Steve Sauve, Chris Busch, and Don Schumacher braved the elements to support the event. The ski race course ran down the Sherburne Ski Trail to the base at Pinkham Notch. Winds were gusting to 80 mph in the bowl! Great day, no injuries.

Posted April 18, 2017

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National Ski Patrol Eastern Division

Regional Director Election Campaign

RD Election Campaign

With this being an election year we are required to post the resume and platform statements for all eligible candidates running for the post of Regional Director. In accordance to NSP's requirements, below is the list of candidates running for Regional Director. Please take a few minutes and review the following candidates so you can make an informed decision at election time.

The Western Mass Region is pleased to announce that Gerry Pollard has decided to run for RD for a second term. Gerry is running unopposed, but he still needs our vote. Please read Gerry’s resume and platform statements below.

Jim Fessia
Election Coordinator


Gerry Pollard:

Hello,

My name is Gerry Pollard I am the current Region Director for Western Mass and I am looking for your support in the upcoming fall election.

I have been a patroller in the Region for over 18 years my primary registration is with Berkshire East and secondary registrations with both the Thunderbolt patrol and with Catamount in Eastern New York. National Appointment #11708

I am a Senior level patroller, an OET instructor, an OEC instructor, TE, and IT, and currently the RD. As the RD I sit on several Division level boards and chair the Marketing and PR Committee and the MTR committees for the Eastern Division.

I have been active with region programs since the beginning of my career, first assisting with OEC courses and then assumed the responsibilities of the Assistant OEC Advisor, OEC Advisor, Assistant Regional Director, Alternated Regional Director and now Region Director. As you can see I have been very much involved in the region as well as with patrol in general for many years. I have run many OEC courses and Challenges for both my local patrols as well as for the region. I have been the Instructor of Record for the Berkshire East Patrol refresher for the past 15 years. I continue to teach at various refreshers each season. I am actively involved in the Senior program on both the OET and OEC sides as an instructor, TE, and IT.

During my short tenure as RD we have made some significant changes and hope to continue this path during this upcoming season and with your support for at least two more seasons.

We developed an OEC planning meeting in which the ITs plan the local refresher format. This keeps our refreshers somewhat uniform but still allows individual areas to address local concerns. We have added an additional OEC instructor refresher to the schedule to accommodate the large number of instructors we are fortunate to have, which helps prepare them to teach at their local areas. We filled all open advisor positions with great people. Take a look at our website to see who is in position and I’m sure you’ll agree this is a very strong team.

With a new Nordic Advisor on board we look forward to seeing that program grow as the Nordic/Backcountry program is the fastest growing throughout the NSP. Our Woman’s program continues to grow filling clinics and leaving people wanting more. This year we split the program in to two separate clinics, one toboggan clinic and one SES clinic. Both of these clinics were well attended and overall a huge success.

Our OET program is strong and offered clinics for everyone. Including two new clinic offerings options this year. The first was offered in conjunction with the Sr OEC program as an Intro to Sr. The second clinic was billed as “Finesse the Force” which was a toboggan clinic geared to get everyone at every level involved. These were informative and a lot of fun!

The OEC program continues its long history of being an outstanding program which is respected throughout the Division.

Our Sr. program is running well. The OEC side offers clinics early in the season to allow you to train before your patrol shifts begin. The OET side works hard to be flexible to meet the needs of the region.

Financially we are strong! I, like my predecessors, am very concerned on how we spend your dues money. I see no need to increase region dues at any time soon. We recently purchased two new toboggans to replace a couple of old sleds to keep our training program safe and effective and we are still financially stable.

Our YAP program is growing.

We now have a Region member of the Division Safety team.

Our Legal Advisor is now a lawyer in MA

Our Medical advisor is an MD practicing in MA

The Awards program is processing more awards than they ever have in the past.

Avalanche and MTR programs in the Region are some of the strongest teams in the division

If you’re reading this on our website you will see our webmaster is doing a fantastic job.

We continue to develop new programs and look for your input on what we can do for you.

Most importantly –We are having fun!! Sure I take patrol responsibilities very seriously but I try and not take myself too seriously and try to make every event memorable and fun!

Our Region is doing very well thanks to the team I have working with me. I hope you feel the same way and continue to support the WMass leadership in the upcoming election

Gerry Pollard,
WMass RD