Wednesday, March 9, 2022

2022 Annual Western Region Conference

June 18th and 19th at Detroit Mountain Recreational Area, Detroit Lakes, Mn

 Registration open! Go to 


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following and will be available until April 18th , 2022

Holiday Inn Detroit Lakes
1155 US Hwy 10 East Detroit Lakes Mn 56501

Two Queen Walkout 279.99
Two Queen Pool walkout 229.99
Two Queen Standard 209.00
King Balcony with View 249.99
Pontoons and water activities are available with Registration
(Saturday evening awards banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn )

Use code: DMB
Room blocks are under (held until 5/18/22): Detroit Mt.

Quality Inn Detroit Lakes
615 US Hwy 10 East Detroit Lakes Mn 56501
Phone 218-847-4483
A block of rooms have been reserved starting at $149.99
(held until 5/18/22)
For Camping and other lodging options please refer to the Chamber .


Packet pick up and on-site check-in will be held at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area on Saturday, June 18th from 7:30am to 12:30pm



( as of 3.30.22, subject to changes )

Morning Welcome Session -- 8:30am - 9:15am

Saturday Morning Sessions -- 9:30am - 12:30pm

  • Chair Evacuation Update -- Scott Stanley
  • Mountain Travel Rescue - Wrick Dunning
  • Award Writing Workshop - Dave Bolstad

Lunch -- 12:30pm - 1:30pm

  • Guest speaker - Jacob Smith, a 15 year old adaptive freeride skier.  Jacob was featured on "60 Minutes" in March.

Saturday Afternoon Sessions -- 1:30pm – 4:30pm

  • OEC Instructor Continuing Education Clinic - Ed Thompson
  • Downhill and Singletrack Patient Extrications - Brandon Morley, Mark Lindquist
    • A Track – Downhill Patient Simulations & Single Track Patient Simulation
    • B Track – Guided Trail Ride
  • Instructor Development - Bob Iverson

Social Hour -- 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Banquet -- 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Awards Presentation -- 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Thursday, October 28, 2021

2021-2022 ASDW


2021-2022 Alpine Skills Development Workshop

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Hosted by Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area -- Thank You Wild!

Agenda – (sessions are full day)

  • 8:30 - 9:15 -- Registration

  • 9:30 - 12:00 -- Morning Activities

  • 12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:00 - 3:30?? -- Afternoon Activities (instructor will determine end time)

Ski/Ride – SES (Snowsports Enhancement Seminar)

An SES (Snowsports Enhancement Seminar) held by the NSP-C Ski School. Skiing/Riding clinics are taught by

PSIA/AASI certified instructors and are open to all patrollers in the Region. This session will explore the fundamental 

standards of skiing/riding at the core of the sport. As patrollers, we need to be able to ski/ride in a way that presents a 

clear image of an NSP patroller to the public. We will employ activities that explore movements and build skills to

 create successful learning experiences to allow our patrollers to progress in challenging activities. 

This session is open to all patrollers.

If you are a Senior candidate and want to work on skiing or riding skills specific to the Senior S&T exam,

 sign-up for this session. At the event, please inform the instructors your desire to work on the Senior skills. 

They will tailor instruction to you for the day.  

NSP Course #: C609220003

Toboggan – TES (Toboggan Enhancement Seminar)

This session will provide instruction and guided practice on proper usage and handling of alpine rescue toboggans.

 Experienced NSP-C Western Region staff instructor trainers will present proper and current techniques to properly

 handle an unloaded and loaded toboggan on suitable terrain. This session is open to all patrollers.

If you are a Senior candidate and want to work on toboggan skills specific to the Senior S&T exam, sign-up for this 

session. At the event, please inform the instructors your desire to work on the Senior skills. They will tailor instruction 

to you for the day.  

NSP Course #: C019220002

OET Instructor Recertification

This session is designed for current Toboggan Instructors that need re-certification to retain their toboggan instructor

 certification. Toboggan Instructors are required to re-certification every three years. Instructor calibration includes 6 Pack

 Lesson Plan, toboggan equipment review, and a ski skills review with demos specific to toboggan handling. Open to 

current toboggan (OET) instructors.

NSP Course #: C019220003

Senior Evaluator Recertification – Ski/Ride and Toboggan

This session is for Senior Evaluators, or anyone interested in becoming a Senior Evaluator or interested in pursuing the 

ASE program. This will focus on current Senior alpine standards, the Senior score card, movement analysis, feedback 

modeling, evaluations, and technical knowledge. This will focus on both Ski/Ride and Toboggan skills. Open to all 

current Senior Alpine patrollers and current Senior Evaluators needing re-certification. 

NSP Course #: C140220001

Discounted price for lift tickets for attendees is $10 for the day.  The fee will be collected at registration for those 

needing a ticket.  PLEASE BRING CASH.  No fee is required if individual holds a Wild Mountain season pass or 

an MNSAA Industry Pass.

Wild Mountain has a cafeteria style food service downstairs at Cam’s Cafe, and a "bar & grill" style food service 

facility upstairs in the Eagles Nest. (Only those over the age of 18 or accompanied by a parent are allowed into the 

Eagles Nest).

You can register for the ASDW event HERE

After registering through the Western Region website, go to the NSP main site and register for 

the NSP Course # associated with the activity selected.

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