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


  • 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:

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

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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Some Western Region January Events

Here are some events scheduled within the Western Region for the month of January.

The first Senior Alpine Pre-course is scheduled for Jan 1oth at Afton Alps Ski Area.

There are several OETW's (Outdoor Emergency Transportation Workshop) scheduled for the month at various locations thoughout the Region, along with Instructor Recertifications.

NSP-C Division is holding a Women's Clinic at Cyrstal Mountain on Jan 29th.

The first Senior SOEC Practice Evaluation is scheduled for Jan 30th. More details to come.

There are also SES's (Snowsports Enhancement Seminar) scheduled at Lutsen, Buck Hill, Afton Alps, and Detroit Mountain. More are being added throughout the season.

Please check the calendar here for more information and registering for courses.