Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2018 NSP-C Women's Clinic

Calling All NSP Woman Patrollers

Join us for the
6th Annual NSP-C Western Region Women's Clinic
Saturday – February 10, 2018
Afton Alps, Hastings Mn

Have Fun, Network with other women patrollers, and Take advantage of
opportunities for excellent ski, 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.

Cost is $35 which includes lift ticket, training, burger bar/salad dinner, and a
chance to have fun with your fellow women patrollers in the Western Region.
Sign up by January 25, 2018 on the NSP-C Western Region website or follow this

Agenda—Feb 10, 2018
8:00 am Check in/Registration/Warm Ups
9:00 am Large Group Instruction/Speaker
9:30 am Morning Sessions begin
12:00 pm Lunch /Oakwood Room
1:00 pm Afternoon Sessions begin
4:00 pm Sessions end (approx)
4:30 pm Dinner and Fun!

When Women support each other, incredible things happen!”linic

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017-2018 Western Region ASDW

2017-2018 Alpine Skills Development Workshop

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 #: C002180008

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 #: C019180010

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 #: C019180011

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 #: C140180005

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 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.

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


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:

Giants Ridge has Bike Rentals:

Giants Ridge Offers several miles of hiking trails:

Giants Ridge has 40km of Nordic Trails that are available for mountain biking and is connected to the Mesabi Trail:

Lookout Mountain north of Virginia has 6 miles of a single track bike trail as well as hiking trails:

Vermilion Trail Camp Ground has kayak and Canoe rentals available (as well as a possible place to stay):

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!


Americas Best Value Inn - Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn
9315 Westgate Blvd, Duluth, MN 55810
Proctor, MN 55810

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