From Mike Schons, Region Director:

The season is about open with at least two of our resorts trying to open on November 11th.

The first region event will be at Pine Knob on November 19th.  This is the “Make-up” OEC refresher for folks who were unable to make any of the refreshers this year.  Please contact Steve Werner for details and registration at steve.werner@usa.net

Senior Candidates, you only have a couple of weeks left to register your intent to participate in this coming seasons Senior evaluations.  The deadline for Senior application is December 1st.  This is a great journey and opportunity to improve your skills.  The registration and program information can be found on the Region website, www.nspemr.org.

Speaking of skill improvement, the Certified application deadline is January 1st.  This is the opportunity to become the best you can be as far as ski patrol skills are concerned.  For information on the Certified program, please check the EMR website at www.nspemr.org and/or contact Jamie Roell, EMR Certified Advisor at, jvroell@comcast.net  Jamie is also hosting a Certified Awareness event at the January 13th Toboggan and ski/ride enhancement seminar.

Again this year, there will be a women’s only ski enhancement seminar on January 6th.   This course will be taught by a PSIA Level III Instructor and Evaluator brought in by the region to work with just women!  Please go to the region Calendar for information and registration. Or, contact Nancy Trout, Region Women’s Advisor, at
trout99@comcast.net for information.

So what’s coming next for on-hill training?  The on-hill toboggan and ski-ride clinics are scheduled and on the region calendar.  These along with the “Steeps and Bumps” clinics are open to all patrollers who wish to improve their skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing technique.

Basic Alpine Patroller Evaluations are now all scheduled with the first being Section III on January 28th.  Best of luck to all!

January 27th is the Avalanche Module I class.  If any of you are considering pursuing the Certified Patroller classification, this is an important class as Avalanche is one of the modules in the program. If you are a Senior Candidate this course satisfies one of your senior electives.

Saturday February 10th is the first Young Adult Patroller clinic to be held in our region.  The clinic will be held at Pine Knob.  For Information, please contact Cricket Nickolaou, EMR Young Adult Advisor at, cricketnick@aol.com

Senior on-hill pre-evaluation is scheduled on February 11th.  Senior Candidates, remember, you MUST be signed off by your training staff to participate in the pre-evaluation.

February 10th is the Nordic Ski Clinic at Independence Oaks, the contact is Jon, O’Dell, bikenski1@yahoo.com who can provide you with all information.

Of course as always, please review the EMR calendar for dates, times, contacts and information.  The calendar can be found on our Eastern Michigan Region website, www.nspemr.org.

I plan to visit each resort in our region again this season and talking with all of you and listen to your concerns

Looking forward to seeing you on the hills!


Mike Schons

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