Monday, April 29, 2019

Saving Lives for Courtney ~ May 18th

Hello fellow NSP-C Western Region patrollers,

Aaron and Johanna Hislop have been extremely active and supportive of both the ski and bike patrol at Spirit Mountain, region and division. Their daughter Courtney was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and has required multiple transfusions of blood products.

To help support Courtney in her fight against leukemia, the Spirit Mountain Patrol is organizing a blood drive to help keep those vital blood products available to those in need. It will be on May 18th, 2019 at Chester Bowl. To participate, please email Cindy Cerio at by April 15th so that we can have adequate time and staff available for donations. After April 15th, we can post the actual time for the blood donations.

Contact Cindy Cerio at Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol here:

Below is more info and a link to schedule a blood donation on May 18th.

Memorial Blood Centers  | | 1-888-GIVE-BLD
Nearly 100% of the blood used by patients in Northland hospitals is donated by Northland blood donors with Memorial Blood Centers. Give hope to patients in your community.
Saving Lives for Courtney Blood Drive
Saturday, May 18th
8:00AM – 2:00PM
Bus Parked at Chester Bowl
Map & Directions
Or contact Cindy Cerio to Sign Up –
Double your donation, double the lives saved! Double red cell donations are available
at your blood drive. You’re the right type if you are O+, O-, A-, or B-.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

2019 Western Region Spring Meeting and Awards Banquet

The 2019 Western Region Spring Meeting and Awards Banquet is just around the corner and it will be your last chance to celebrate a great season and the patrollers that deserve the region honors and awards until the 2020 spring meeting.

The meeting this year will be centrally located in beautiful St. Cloud Minnesota on the
evening May 3rd, 4th and 5th. There will be lots of activities and comradery to be had by all.

Meetings will be held at the

Best Western Kelly Inn
100 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301

Register HERE for the Banquet dinner and various other actvitities.
Please note, there is no longer a Fall meeting. The Awards have been moved to the Spring meeting.

Agenda Schedule
View the full day's schedule HERE

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- Social Hour, Kelly Inn Grand Ballroom
6:30 pm to 11 pm -- Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Social time, Kelly Inn Grand Ballroom

Hotel Information
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud Mn. 56301 Phone number – 320.253.0606
Room rate - $99 per night plus tax.
You must call 320.253.0606 and reference Powder Ridge Ski Patrol block to reserve your room.
Cut off date is 4-19-19, reservations made after that date are subject to availability. We have 40 rooms blocked.
There are a limited number of rooms for Friday night, if the Best Western Kelly Inn is full on Friday, The Courtyard by Marriot, located just across the street, has rooms available for us too for Friday and Saturday. You can register online with the Courtyard at this link:
April 3rd is the cut off date for the discounted rate at the Courtyard.

Banquet Menu Options
NOTE: Dinner Selections are closed and not available for order 

Hunters Ribeye – Ten-ounce charbroiled with Montreal Steak Seasoning, served with burgundy au jus and a grilled onion slab. Served with oven-browned potatoes, asparagus, fresh baked bread, and house salad.
Cost: $32.00

Granite City Chicken РEight ounce chicken breast with the wing attached, topped with a touch of Rosmary Cr̬me suace. Served with wild rice pilaf, asparagus, and a house salad.
Cost: $25.00

Spinach Tortellini – Tossed with Sin-Dried Tomatoes in a Tomato Garlic Cream Sauce and topped with fresh parmesan. Served with fresh baked bread, and house salad.
Cost: $28.00

Activities and Breakout Sessions
NSP Alumni Program
presenter Mark Holtan
Active Alumni program is good for Alumni and the Patrol! Learn more about the National Alumni Program.  Objective of the becoming an alumni, who is eligible, when and why a patroller should consider the alumni program.  A WIN - WIN option for alumni and patrols.  Learn about benefits and differences between patroller and alumni registration.  Questions and Answers for what you always wanted to know but was afraid to ask!

Awards Development
presenter Jeannine Mogan
Signup during event registration for the Awards Development session:

presenter Wrick Dunning.
6 person minimum or session will be cancelled.
Signup during event registration for the MTR session:

Low Angle Rescue
presenter Kerstin Hammarberg
6 person minimum or session will be cancelled.
Signup during registration for the Low Angle Rescue session:

Introduction to the programs and benefits of the National Ski Patrol System
If you are a first or second year patroller, this is a great opportunity to learn about all the benefits and programs that are available to you.
No registration required for this session.

Open session for sharing what’s working for your patrol, and learning from other patrols, or anything else you want to discuss related to patrolling.
No registration required for this session.

Instructor Development
presenter Bob Iverson. If you’ve ever wanted to share your knowledge and experience with new candidates and patrollers, here is your chance. This hands on session is the second part of the course. The first part of the course is online and must be completed before you attend the hands on session. Here is the link for the online part of the course:
Signup during event registration for the hands on session:

PR/PD breakfast Sunday Morning.
9am to 11:30am This session is for Patrol Reps and Patrol Directors.
Signup during event registration for the PR/PD breakfast and meeting.

Additional fun Activities
5k fun run/walk – Saturday morning 7:30 am. Start and finish at The Best Western Plus Inn. Contact Tim Burnett if interested., or 320.250.1121

Cribbage Tournament, please indicate your interest by emailing Ken Steele at

Organized bicycle tour – please indicate your interest by emailing Mary Helm at

Quarry Park - hike or mountain bike on your own schedule.

Beaver Island Trail – hike or mountain bike on your own schedule.

Munsinger Gardens – Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens are two distinct, but adjacent gardens on the banks of the Mississippi River. A beautiful free garden to be enjoyed by all. Within two miles of the hotel, ample free parking.

Beaver Island Brewery Tour – 6:30pm Friday May 3rd.

Link to st cloud cvb:

We will have great swag bags and prize giveaways!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Telemark Ski Event at Giants Ridge

Telemark Ski Event at Giants Ridge -- Jan 26, 2019

This is an informal gathering of the Telemark Tribe. If you have any old/new gear you’d like to sell or trade, bring it along.

Like your heels, you are free to choose how you’d like to spend the day. Ski on your own; hang out with the group; share your experiences and skills; participate in Tele-specific drills, maybe even pick up or give out a lesson or two. There is no skill level requirement; beginners to experts, all are welcome

We will start gathering in the Gold Room (South Chalet, 2nd floor) at 9:00 AM. This room will be a base we can work out of. Feel free to leave your extra gear/street cloths etc. there.

You are welcome to bring along a guest(s) however, they will be responsible for their lift ticket and will need to sign a waiver. Current active NSP patrollers will be provided with a comp pass. Bring your NSP card.

Free your heel, the rest will follow.

Register on NSP-C Western Region website HERE

Monday, December 3, 2018

2019 NSP Women's Clinic -- Giants Ridge

Calling All NSP Woman Patrollers

Join us for the
7th Annual NSP-C Western Region Women's Clinic
Saturday – February 2, 2019
Giants Ridge, Biwabik, Mn

Have Fun, Network with other women patrollers, and Take advantage of
opportunities for excellent alpine, nordic, snowboard, toboggan, and OEC instruction.
Ski/Ride training taught by PSIA and AASI instructors. Toboggan training and
medical/OEC skills practice taught by skilled NSP IT's.

Session choices are available when you register.  New this year!  If you invite/sign up 2 new patrollers, your registration fee will be refunded!  

Cost is $35 which includes lift ticket, training, Marsala Chicken/Pasta buffet, and a
chance to have fun with your fellow women patrollers in the Western Region.
Sign up by January 28, 2019 on the NSP-C Western Region website or follow this

Agenda—Feb 2, 2019

  • 8:00 am -- Check in/Registration 
  • 8:30 am -- Introductions 
  • 8:45 am -- Group Assignments 
  • 9:00 am -- Morning Sessions begin 
  • 12:00 pm -- Lunch 
  • 1:00 pm -- Afternoon Sessions begin 
  • 4:00 pm -- Wrap Up/Mixer 
  • 5:00 pm -- Dinner and Fun! 

Housing Options

Country Inn (11 miles from Giants Ridge)
99 Kennedy Memorial Dr
Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
  • Block of 10-2 queen bed rooms, $99.00 a night
  • Rooms are reserved under “Ski Patrol”
  • Deadline for reservations is January 1, 2019

The Villas (on site)
6266 Giants Ridge Rd
Biwabik, MN 55708
  • Bring some friends and rent A 4 bedroom condo, 3 bath, full kitchen (8 queen beds) $600 a night.
  • One 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom plus kitchen condo at no cost (2 queen beds). First come first serve. Contact Jeannine Mogan. or 612-710-2186.

Holiday Inn Express (27 miles from Giants Ridge)
8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Montain Iron, MN 55768
  • 2 Queen beds $120/night

When Women support each other, incredible things happen!”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018-2019 Western Region ASDW

2018-2019 Alpine Skills Development Workshop

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

Ski/Ride Session – SES (Snowsports Enhancement Seminar)

An SES (Snowsports Enhancement Seminar) held by the NSP-C Ski School. Skiing clinics are taught by PSIA ski 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. Telemark skiing will also be available! As ski 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 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 #: C609190002

Toboggan Session – (OET Workshop)

This session will provide instruction and guided practice on proper usage and handling of alpine rescue toboggans. It is the intent to have experienced NSP-C Western Region staff instructor trainers 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 #: C019190008

Toboggan Instructor Calibration (Re-certification)

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 instructors.  NSP Course #: C019190007

Senior Evaluator Calibration Session

This session is for ASE re-certification and for Senior Alpine Evaluator candidates or anyone wishing to pursue ASE (Accredited Senior Evaluator) accreditation. The ASE program is for patrollers not currently interested in pursuing PSIA/AASI credentials but still want to become Senior Alpine Evaluators. This is a prep course offered by the Region and will focus on current Senior alpine standards, the Senior score card, movement analysis, feedback modeling, evaluations, and technical knowledge. Open to all current Senior Alpine patrollers and current ASE's needing re-certification.  NSP Course #: C140190005 

You can register for this event HERE

Day's Basic Agenda

  • 8:30 - 9:15 -- Registration
  • 9:30 - 12:00 -- Morning Sessions
  • 12:00 - 1:00 -- Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 - 3:30?? -- Afternoon Sessions (session instructor will determine end time)
Wild Mountain has a cafeteria style food service downstairs, 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). On busy weekends and holidays we also have a snack bar located upstairs in the north end of the chalet.

Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Fall Meeting

Western Region Fall Meeting and Awards Banquet

Hosted by Afton Alps Ski Patrol

September 22-23, 2018

Woodbury, Mn


  • When:  September 22-23, 2018

  • Where: Country Inn and Suites - Woodbury, MN

  • Lodging 

  • Country Inn and Suites

6003 Hudson Road 
Woodbury MN 55125
LAT: 44.947575 LONG: -92.98423
  • Hotel reservations must be made by August 22, 2018

  • Hotel info HERE

Price: $89.00/night

Reservations, call: (651) 739-7300 or (800) 830-5222

NOTE: Call the reservation number above and request a room from the "National Ski Patrol" block to received the price above. 



1:00PM-4:00PM -- Region Board of Governors Meeting.

5:00PM-6:00PM -- Social Hour

6:00PM -- Dinner and Awards

The entrée options will be Chicken Piccata or Yankee pot roast with the following sides:

Fresh Bread and Herb Butter

House Salad with French, Ranch, or Lite Italian Dressing

Green Bean Almondine

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Make your entree selections in the registration form.

* Times above are tentative. Please check back as we get closer to the event


8:00AM-10:00AM -- PR/PD Breakfast with RD. Open discussion. Breakfast paid for by Region for all attendees. Breakfast will be at the adjoining Green Mill Restaurant at the hotel.

Activities and Other Fun Stuff!


Motorcycle Ride – You will be contacted for meeting area and time if you sign-up using the registration form.

Golf at Afton AlpsGolf deal provided by Afton for the weekend is 1/2 price green fees with cart rental and free golf club rental. Call the clubhouse for a tee time at 651-436-1320 .


Golf at Afton AlpsGolf deal provided by Afton for the weekend is 1/2 price green fees with cart rental and free golf club rental. Call the clubhouse for a tee time at 651-436-1320 .

Sunday BrunchAt Country Inn restaurant.

Registration on the Western Region Calendar HERE!

PRICE: $28.00 /per person 

Be sure to select a dinner for you and all guests during registration if you are attending the awards banquet.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Western Region Spring Meeting and PR Retreat

The Western Region Spring Meeting will be held on April 28, 2018 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, MN

Saturday's meeting includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack w/ beverage.  All other meals are on your own.

There will be a Friday evening bonfire scheduled for some social time between Region staff and members.

If you plan on attending please register HERE prior to April 23rd.

Hope to see you there! 


subject to minor time changes

Friday, April 27
  • 6:00 pm Bonfire Social
Saturday, April 28
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am  PR/PD Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Advisor Reports and Budgeting
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PR/PD Retreat


Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401


On-site lodging reservations can be made here:
Reservations will be guaranteed until April 2nd, after that date the special rate will be honored but rooms may not be available.