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