Thursday, May 6, 2021

NSP-C Western Region 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet - Updated 5.6.21

July 17 – 18, 2021

The Giants Ridge Patrol invites you to join us at the Giants Ridge Resort for this year's Western Region NSP meeting!


The weekend promises to be fun and informational!

The Giants Ridge Resort follows current CDC and State of Minnesota guidelines with regards to the pandemic.




Register for Events and the Banquet Dinner HERE or go to and navigate to Members -> Events




Country Inn of Hoyt Lakes (11 miles)

99 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750

(218) 225-3555

Note:  A block of rooms has been booked for us.  Reservations for this are required by June 15!


The Villas at Giants Ridge (onsite)

·       Studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom Villas

·       Visit


The Lodge at Giants Ridge (on site)

·       1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos

·       Visit


Green Gate Guest Houses (3 miles)

·       5748 County Road 138  Biwabik, MN 55708  218-290-2607

·       Visit  


Click this link for a full list of hotels, motels, campgrounds, restaurants and things to do. 

>> More Info Here <<


Saturday, July 17


Classes and Seminars

There is NO cost for any of these sessions, but we ask that you please sign up so that we can plan appropriately. 


9:00 am – noon

·       YAP Summit

Patrollers from age 15-18 are invited to join Judy Hill, Jenny Enich and Molly Casey for a fun morning of team building that will incorporate rescue techniques and OEC skills.  We will be outside, so dress accordingly.  Bike or ski helmet is required!  Meet on the deck outside the South Chalet.


·       Lift Evacuation

Learn all the latest tips and techniques from the NSAA/NSP new Aerial Evacuation Resource Guide.  Scott Stanley, from the Three Rivers Patrol, will lead a discussion and demonstration session on the new guidelines for lift evacuation.  Bring your own equipment to show if you wish.  We will have access to an operating chair lift with a lift attendant.  Bike or ski helmet is required! Meet at the bottom of the Calgary Chair Lift.   


·       Instructor Development Course

Region ID Advisor, Bob Iverson from the Viking Nordic Patrol, will be holding the in-person portion of the NSP ID course.  The online portion must be completed ahead of time.  South Chalet (Gold Room)


·       Recruitment Round Table

Did Covid-19 take a toll on your Patrol numbers? 

Join this round table to share recruitment ideas and brainstorm!

A panel of patrollers will lead this session. 

Location to be announced


·       Mesabi Trail Bike Ride

Join local bike enthusiasts and Giants Ridge Patrollers, Debby and Todd Roswald, for a scenic paved trail ride on the Mesabi Trail.  Bring your own bike and helmet or rent from Giants Ridge by calling 218-865-8024 (Thursday through Sunday).  The length of the ride will be tailored to individual desires. Meet outside the South Chalet.


12:00 – 1:00 pm

·       Lunch Break – Complimentary sandwiches, chips and drinks will be served in the South Chalet.  There are 4 restaurants on site:  The Burn Onion Kitchen and Brews, the Wacootah Grill, the Bunkers Grill, and the Sleeping Giant.  See the Giants Ridge website for details. 


1:00 – 4:00 pm

·       Bike Patrol Summit

Region Bike Advisor, Aaron Hislop from Spirit Mountain, will lead a session on current practices and equipment.  (Meet on the deck outside South Chalet)


·       NSP Q&A Session

Region, Division, and National leadership team members will provide updates and take questions from patrollers.  South Chalet (Gold Room)


·       How to Write Successful NSP Awards

Region Awards Advisor, Dave Bolstad from Spirit Mountain, will be presenting the best practices of NSP award writing.  (location to be announced)




5:00 – 6:30 pm

·       Social Hour – Main Chalet

·       Region Program Advisor Booths

Interact with Region Program Advisors.  Learn more about their programs and events they have scheduled for 2021/2022. Main Chalet


6:30 – 8:30 pm

·       Buffet Dinner

Spend the evening with patrollers from around the Region as we celebrate patroller achievements.  Main Chalet

Buffet Dinner:  $20 per person.  Deadline is July 1!

Note:  The Western Region is using surplus funds to discount the cost of the buffet dinner.    



Sunday, July 18th

·       Patrol Representatives Breakfast
Meet with Region Director, Jeff Olsen!

8:00 am - 10:00 am in the Main Chalet
Patrol Representatives and Assistant PRs only (no cost)





·       Lift Served Mountain Biking: 

Giants Ridge has the largest lift served mountain bike park in the Midwest. 

o   8 gravity trails

o   10 miles of cross-country trails

Adult tickets are $35 and youth (12 and under) are $30

Full suspension bikes can be rented by calling 218-865-8024 (Thursday through Sunday).  For an introduction or guided tour of the trails, stop by the patrol room and ask for Justin!


·       Golf:  Giants Ridge has 2 of the top-rated courses in the state and country – The Legend and The Quarry.  Reserve your tee time by calling 218-865-8030 or book online at


·       Climbing Wall: $14 per person


·       Disc Golf: Covering over 80 acres and up to 10,000 feet (champion position) of fairway distance, our course is also Minnesota’s longest.  $5 per person.  Rental discs available for $5


·       Mesabi Trail: 135 miles of paved trail.  Visit for more information.  Bring your own bike and helmet or rent from Giants Ridge by calling 218-865-8024 (Thursday through Sunday)



For additional information, contact Jeannine Mogan:

Cell:  612-710-218



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

NSP-C Western Region COVID Survey Results

 This message from Mark Lindquist, MD our Western Region Medical Advisor ...

Good morning,
As you know, during the snow sports season I sent out several surveys regarding patroller Covid-19 infections and the problems faced by patrol chapters in following a Covid plan.  Now that the season has ended, the main question of interest was this one, the final survey question:
During the snow sports season of 2020-2021, did any of your patrol members develop a Covid-19 infection traceable to an exposure at the ski area?
I received responses from all nineteen region patrol directors, and the answer was that not one patroller in the Western Region developed a Covid-19 infection as a result of exposure traced back to the ski area.  ZERO.
This result is remarkable.  It speaks to the diligence of patrol staff, directors, members and ski area managements in developing and enforcing policies and procedures which allowed us to work safely from Day One to Close of Season.  Congratulations to all of you.
Mark Lindquist, MD
Detroit Mountain C202
Western Region Medical Advisor

Saturday, February 6, 2021

NSP-C Western Region 2021 Annual Meeting

No time like the present to start planning our Annual Western Region Meeting and Awards Banquet!  Check back here often for current updates on lodging, activities, registration and other news.

We are planning this date for the meeting believing it can be done safely, mostly outdoors during the best time of Summer in  Northern Minnesota.

The event is being organized by the Giants Ridge Ski Patrol and they would like your input. Please contact Jeannine Mogan if you have any suggestions or ideas for the meeting. Jeannine's email is


  • Golf

  • Biking (mountain and trail)

  • Hiking

  • PR Breakfast (July 18)

  • Awards Banquet and Celebration


We have a block of 20 rooms reserved at the Country Inn in Hoyt Lakes for the nights of 7/16 & 7/17.  Below is the contact info if you’d like to add that to the itinerary when you’re ready.  It’s close to HL’s Water Carnival weekend which is why there is a 30 day in advance requirement.

Reservations must be made 30 days prior to the first night.   Call this number to make your reservation.  218-225-3555

The Villas at Giants Ridge are right across the street from the ski area. There are larger units with 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms. The phone number for the Villas is 218-865-4155. There are no specific rooms set aside here.

 More info on available hotels, motels, campgrounds, eating, and etc. can be viewed HERE

More details and registration coming soon!

See you this Summer! 😎

Saturday, January 30, 2021

NSP-C Western Region Update

    The ski season is well underway at all 21 Western Region ski areas.   In many ways, patrolling in the Western Region is different than normal.   Most importantly, due to safety concerns because of the pandemic, many patrollers have moved to the Temporarily Not Patrolling status.   Patrols report losing up to 25% of their membership for the season.  Some patrols are using active patrollers from other ski areas to assist with coverage.  

    For those who do patrol, this year looks different with COVID guidelines and procedures at each resort.  Leading up to the start of the season, Western Region Patrol Directors/Reps attended Zoom meetings to obtain the latest information on the pandemic and to develop COVID safety plans to protect active patrollers and ski area guests.   Thanks are owed to Western Region Staff, including Medical Advisor Dr. Mark Lindquist, Assistant Medical Advisor Dr. Bjorn Peterson, Legal Advisor Dave Olson, Assistant Region Director Jeannine Mogan and Outdoor Risk Management advisor Ken Liddell.  Thanks also to newly elected National Board Rep Deb Endly.   This team worked together to provide timely and needed information over the course of multiple Region Zoom meetings.  

    When vaccinations became available, Dr. Lindquist, Dr. Peterson and Dave Olson created guidelines and pathways for patrol director/reps to follow.   This effort has led to most of the patrols either getting their first shots or heading in the right direction to obtain vaccinations.

    When faced with not being able to hold in-person training or certification programs this season, Region staff got together and came up with some creative alternatives.   Utilizing our Senior ski and toboggan staff, certified patrollers, and PSIA Level 3 instructors, videos have been added (with more to come) to the Western Region website demonstrating ski and toboggan handling skills.   The region has purchased Coaches Eye and made this movement analysis tool available to current and potential senior candidates.   Using Coaches Eye, patrollers submit videos of themselves performing senior skills.   Once submitted, a member from our Senior training staff is assigned to mentor and coach the patroller by way of video.

    Shown below is a frame from one of the videos demonstrating toboggan skills.  Thanks to Matt Stordahl and David Anderson from the Welch Village Patrol for their participation.  David, at the tail, is a Telemark skier – the videos show patrollers from multiple disciplines working together.  Snowboard examples will be added soon.


    The online additions consisting of demonstrations and senior candidate feedback are led by Senior Advisor Terrie Brandt and Assistant Region Director Craig Johnson, who is filming the videos and got Coaches Eye up and running for the region.   While a work in process as content is being added and improved, we expect it to be not only a valued addition to the Senior Program this year, but also in the future.  Check out:

Be well, stay safe and enjoy patrolling in our great snow conditions! 


Jeff Olsen

Western Region Director