Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 Western Region Fall Meeting and Awards Banquet

The Western Region Fall Meeting will be held on September 23, 2017 at Giants Ridge, Biwabik MN.

Hope to see you there!


Dinner Registration

Register HERE


Schedule of Meeting Events

Events listing HERE

Lodging

Request NSP Western Region Fall Meeting block rates on reservations.

Country Inn of Hoyt Lakes
218-225-3555 or 866-444-3555
Arrival date: September 22, 2017
Departure date: September 24, 2017
$99.95 per night plus tax. Two night stay for
discount, rack rate for one night stay.
Reservation must be made by August 24, 2017
for discount.
Any style room available.
72 hour cancellation policy.

AmericInn - Virginia
Rates vary per room type -- please call for details.
(218) 741-7839

Super 8 - Eveleth
1080 Industrial Park Drive, Eveleth, MN 55734
10 rooms available -- Call for rates.
(218) 744-1661

You can also make your own accomodations HERE

Other Things To Do While There!

Giants Ridge has a new Climbing Wall available:  http://www.giantsridge.com/Climbing-Wall.html

Giants Ridge has Bike Rentals: http://www.giantsridge.com/hiking.html

Giants Ridge Offers several miles of hiking trails: http://www.giantsridge.com/hiking.html

Giants Ridge has 40km of Nordic Trails that are available for mountain biking and is connected to the Mesabi Trail:   http://www.mesabitrail.com

Lookout Mountain north of Virginia has 6 miles of a single track bike trail as well as hiking trails:    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/superior/recarea/?recid=43366

Vermilion Trail Camp Ground has kayak and Canoe rentals available (as well as a possible place to stay):   http://www.vermilioncampground.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tribute to Don Olson

            Tribute to Donald L. Olson
10th Mountain Division Veteran and Western Region, Central Division Patroller
January 8, 1926 – November 25, 2016
by Mark Holtan and Martin Fahje

Another World War II 10th Mountain Division veteran has gone to join his ski troop buddies who blazed that trail before him. Donald L. Olson, of New Brighton, Minnesota, passed away on Nov. 28, 2016, at the age of 90 at his home and now rests at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

A very accomplished patroller who joined the NSP at age 54, along with his wife, Alice, he served his local patrol, Wild Mountain and our Western Region for 28 years until he retired from patrolling, only to pursue and pass his Professional Ski Instructors of America Level I at age 84 years young. This exemplifies his incredible passion for skiing, teaching, working with kids, and mentoring many. 

Don attended Edison High School in Minneapolis, then enlisted in the Army and joined the ski troop training at Camp Hale, Colorado, known as the 10th Mountain Division. From there, Don went to Camp Swift, Texas for more training. The 10th Mountain Division troops landed in Naples, Italy, then walked, climbed to, up and over mountains.  During the night they assaulted and surprised German troops on Mount Belvedere.  Troopers in front of and behind Don were hit. To his dying day, Don and his wife kept in touch Del Riley, the soldier in from of Don, who took a bullet in his shoulder saving Don’s life, Walt Neller, and George Nelson (deceased May 2014), who went on to develop Lutsen Ski Area on the North Shore of Lake Superior. 

Don served as president of the North Central Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division from 1989 to 1992. The boundaries of the North Central Chapter of the 10th are nearly the same as our Western Region in the Central Division of the NSP. Don had a vision of an award to be presented to a Western Region patroller and presented the award idea to the North Central Chapter members, who gave full support. Don then presented this proposed award to our Western Region board, and with acceptance, this award, the 10th Mountain Division Association, North Central Chapter Award, aka 10th Mountain Award, was created in 1991.

The 10th Mountain Medallion, which is the focus of the award, can only be obtained through a member of the 10th Mountain. Initially, all nominees were submitted to the North Central Chapter for evaluation of criteria and selection of the recipient. A few years ago, this selection process was transitioned to our region awards committee due to the attrition of these veterans. The 10th Mountain Award is deemed to be the most coveted award within our Western Region. Don was the ninth recipient of this award, in 2000, the first year he was eligible.

After the war, Don studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. Needing a class in design, he enrolled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in an industrial arts program, where he met Alice in a commercial art course. Don felt sorry for Alice because she wasn't Norwegian! The best thing he could do for her was to marry her. Alice's comment was, "We all know who got the best of this union!"

Don worked 34 years as a civil engineer for the city of Minneapolis, then after retirement was a realtor for several years. 

Don was a hunter with shotgun, rifle, and bow, loading his own rifle and shotgun shells and making his own arrows. He trained four hunting dogs, a Chesapeake, two black labs, and a springer. For years, he was active in the Minnesota Springer Spaniel Field Trial Club and did well with his springer. Don and Alice also enjoyed fishing trips to Lake Kabetogama bordering Canada.

In honor of Don’s passing, memorials can be sent to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., at 133 S. Van Gordon St., Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228.

Mark Holtan and Martin Fahje
Alumnus Western Region and Coffee Mill Ski Patrol, Minnesota






Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Western Region Spring Meeting

The Western Region Spring Meeting will be held on April 22, 2017 at Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN.

A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 am with the meeting/budget planning to follow at approximately 8:30 am.

A Taco Bar lunch will be served at 12:00 pm with the PR/PD meeting to follow, concluding the day.

If you plan on attending please register HERE prior to April 15th.

Hope to see you there!


Lodging


Americas Best Value Inn - Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn
9315 Westgate Blvd, Duluth, MN 55810
Proctor, MN 55810
218,628.3691
$90.00

BEST WESTERN PLUS Spirit Mountain Duluth
9330 W Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN 55810
(218) 628-0668 

$105.99

Sunday, November 13, 2016

2016-2017 Western Region Alpine Skills Development Workshop

This year the Western Region will be holding an ASDW (Alpine Skills Development Workshop, formerly STW’s) at Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area in Taylors Falls MN on Jan. 7th 2017.  

This year's ASDW's are different than from years past.  This year’s traditional Division ASDW's are available only to a select group of trainers/instructors.  These groups will then pass on the information they receive in a Region level ASDW.


Our current ASDW agenda is scheduled to include Ski/Ride sessions including telemark, Toboggan sessions, Senior program sessions and additionally a Certified demo session.  These sessions are open to all patrollers within the Region and will be designed to transfer the latest top notch information our IT's gain at the 2016 Central Division ASDW's and to have some fun!


More information particular to each session can be viewed HERE and registration for the event will be available soon on the Western Region website calendar, so please stay tuned.  We are looking forward to a great event and seeing you there!


New to the NSP organization this year is the requirement for each participant enrolled in a patrol event to also register at National in order to receive credit when the course is closed.  This means that in addition to registering at our Region level using the Western Region calendar, each participant needs to login to the National website, find the correct course number and enroll.  Please follow the screen prompts completely to completion.

The following course numbers are setup for this Western Region ASDW event:

  • Ski/Ride Session - C296170001
  • Toboggan Session - C019170002
  • Toboggan Instructor Recert - C019170003
  • Senior Evaluator Session - C140170001
Register for those HERE and enter the "Course Number equals" -> Find to enroll.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Western Region Fall Meeting and Awards Dinner

Western Region Fall Meeting and Awards Banquet

Hosted by Welch Village Ski Patrol
September 24-25, 2016
Rochester, Mn


Info:


  • When:  September 24-25, 2016
  • Where: Holiday Inn- Downtown, 220 So. Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Hotel --
  • Hotel reservations must be made by August 25,2016

     Price: $109.00/night (Double Queen)

    Reservations: Reservations Link

    NOTE: Call the reservation number listed in the link and request a room from the "National Ski Patrol" block to received the price above.  The link itself does not automatically provide for the discount. 



Scheduled Events:

Saturday
9:30AM-12:30PM -- OEC Instructor Continuing Ed. Clinic. Room B, 2nd Floor. Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE 

1:00PM-4:00PM -- Region Board of Governors Meeting. Rochester Fire Station #1, 521 South Broadway. Holiday Inn-Downtown:

5:00PM-6:00PM -- Social Hour
6:00PM -- Dinner and Awards

Sunday
8:00AM-10:00AM -- PR/PD Breakfast with RD & DD Thyme Restaurant, Holiday Inn

All SATURDAY meetings are within walking distance of the hotel.

Register on the Western Region Calendar!

PRICE: $32.00 per person


Note also: The 2016 NSP-C Division Meeting, Sept 9-11, registration is also now open online.  Please go to the Western Region web site HERE and see the Division Meeting Info link under Latest News

Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Spring Board of Governors Meeting (BOG)

Location:  Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake11000 Craguns Dr Brainerd MN
When:  Saturday 4/30/16 -- 8:00 am
Cost: $37.00/person
Registration: HERE

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Breakfast will be a buffet, with lunch being an "American" buffet  of burgers and brats.

We have blocked hotel rooms at either:

Cragun's Resort, tel:800-272-4867. Reservations can be made up until 4/15 
2 night rate is $109.00 x 2 + tax ($234.08)
1 night rate is $139.00 + tax

Holiday Inn Express, tel:800-272-4867, for $129.00+tax. Reservations can be made up until 4/15.

When making your reservations please ask for the Mt Ski Gull block of rooms.

We will be having a bonfire mixer on Friday night at 8:30 on the beach at Cragun's Resort. All are welcome to attend.

Boating and fishing are available at Cragun's for a fee. Contact Cragun's for pricing. The Holiday Inn Express includes water park tickets for your use.  The Baxter/Brainerd area has many other recreational activities for a fun weekend!

Presenters note: There will be a screen setup in a class room setting for anyone's use.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It took a little while, but...

Warren Mickelson served the National Ski Patrol as a volunteer patroller at Ski Haven/Mt Kato Ski area for over 20 years.  He is a current Alumni member of the NSP.  He never received his 20 year pin and certificate.   We confirmed his years of service through  the NSP archives and ordered the pin and certificate.
His family presented them to him recently at a family gathering, much to his surprise and joy.


Warren first joined in 1971 and patrolled through 1991 and for maybe a couple more years. He completed Avalanche Level I in 1975.

                His daughter contacted us last Fall about him never receiving his 20 year certificate and pin.  Her inquiry indicated how much it would mean to him to receive this.  With a little research and help from National we confirmed that he did serve 20 years for Ski Haven/Mt Kato Ski Patrol.