The season is running and everyone is out on the snow doing what we love to do!
There are a lot of educational events coming quickly starting after the first of the year.  I will try to list these in calendar order but first, the registration process. 
First, go the region calendar (nspemr.org) and look for the event and location you wish to participate in.

Click on the event and it should open up the REGION registration process which is the electronic waiver.  You MUST reply to the auto-email (in your inbox) and confirm your registration for the waiver process to be complete.  The page should then return with directions for step two.
Step Two, go to the National website (nsp.org) and register for the course you wish to take.  It takes both parts of the process to complete your course registration.  The National Office will NOT let us link directly to them for security reasons
Information can be found on the Region website: www.nspemr.org.
January 5th at Mt. Brighton – Toboggan Enhancement Seminar (TES) Course code C100180039. Open to any patroller wanting to improve their toboggan handling skills.
January 5th – Snowsports Enhancement (SES) Seminar.  Course number C100180040.  The course is structured for any patroller wishing to enhance their skiing or riding skills to the senior standard.
January 12th – The TES and SES events will be held at Pine Knob along with Jamie Roell, Region Certified Advisor, hosting a Certified Awareness event. Course numbers are as follows;
Toboggan Enhancement – C100180041
Snowsports Enhancement – C100190009
January 12th – Avalanche Level I Module I course. Register for National Course Number – C100190001 or contact John Taylor at taylorjo@gmail.com or phone (248) 770-9959.  This course will also be at Pine Knob.  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.
January 19th at Snowsnake Mtn. – There will be a TES / SES.  The course numbers for Snowsnake are as follows:
TES – C100190011
SES – C100190010
Also on January 19th and February 2nd there is a Bumps and Steeps clinic for Senior Candidates ONLY to train with the region staff for the mogul portion of the Senior On-hill Evaluation.  This January course number is – C100190005 and the February course number is – C100290006.  The course is set to run over these two dates to give everyone an opportunity to gain confidence tobogganing in a mogul field.
Basic Alpine Patroller Evaluations are now all scheduled with the first two being Sections I & III on January 27th.  Best of luck to all!
Saturday, February 2nd is the Young Adult Patroller clinic being held by the region.  The clinic will be held at Mt Brighton.  For Information, please contact Cricket Nickolaou, EMR Young Adult Advisor at, cricketnick@aol.com
February 3rd – the Section II basic evaluation is being held at Mt. Holly.
February 9th – EMR women are having a women’s only clinic.  Contact Nancy Trout, EMR Women’s Program Advisor, at trout99@comcast.net or (248)-330-0152
Also on February 9th, there will be a Nordic TES / SES at Independence Oaks.  For information on the Nordic program, contact Jon O’Dell, EMR Nordic Advisor at bikenski1@yahoo.com or (586)-718-4503.
Senior on-hill pre-evaluation is scheduled on February 10th.  Senior Candidates, remember, you MUST be signed off by your training staff to participate in the pre-evaluation.
Of course as always, please review the EMR calendar for dates, times, contacts and information as sometimes events may be required to change dates or times.  The calendar can be found on our Eastern Michigan Region website, nspemr.org.
There are a couple more courses in the scheduling process.  There will be two OEC Enhancement courses which will take place either in January or early February.  You must complete two OEC Enhancement seminars to obtain one Senior elective credit.  I will get these on the region calendar as soon as we confirm the dates and location.
Aid Room Module is being scheduled also.  This is a required course for folks who wish to become Senior Patrollers.  The course will be prior to the OEC for the Senior Module Evaluation which will be March 9th.
Finally what is open for all now to register for is the Detroit Winter Blast.  If you have never participated, this is a blast!  The dates are January 25th through January 27th.  This year Boyne is holding a “Learn to Ski” event in downtown Detroit.  They have requested a minimum of 9 patrollers per day for each of the 3 days to help monitor the event.  This is also a great opportunity for us to show off what we are all about. Registration will be available soon on our website (www.nspemr.org) for you to sign-up to work this event. 

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
Oakland County Complex Coordinated Attack Full-Scale Exercise October 2, 2019 100

I plan to visit each resort in our region again this season and look forward to talking with all of you and listen to your concerns
Looking forward to seeing you on the hills!
Mike Schons

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