Category: Region News

 

2018 FALL UPDATES

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

he season is just around the corner and patrols are starting to get ready. Fall refreshers are taking place, skis will be waxed, sharpened or new ones purchased at the upcoming ski swaps.

Speaking of refreshers, please check the region calendar if you cannot make your patrol refresher.  Also if you will be out of town, you can view the Northern Michigan Region calendar at https://www.nspnmr.com/ or Ohio Region at https://www.ohionsp.org/1calendar.

The region make-up refresher will be at Pine Knob on November 17th.  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 have until December 1st to register your intent to participate in this coming seasons Senior Evaluations.  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.  Even if you have previously registered as a Senior Candidate you must register again so that we can plan for numbers and staff to help you on your journey.

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 19th Toboggan and ski/ride enhancement seminar.

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 techniques.  This season we again have the Women’s Clinic and this year they plan on having a Women’s steeps and bumps clinic.

Basic Alpine Patroller Evaluations are now all scheduled with the first being Section III on January 27th.  Best of luck to all!

We plan on participating again this season in the Detroit Winter Blast, January 25th through January 27th.  This is a really great opportunity to be an ambassador for the NSP to folks who really don’t know much about us.

Saturday February 2nd is the Young Adult Patroller clinic to be held at Mt. Brighton.  For Information, please contact Cricket Nickolaou, EMR Young Adult Advisor at, cricketnick@aol.com

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.  The calendar can be found on our Eastern Michigan Region website https://www.nspemr.org/calendar.

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!

 

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2018 SUMMER NEWSLETTER

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Hard to believe that it’s June and we need to start planning the new season!  The summer is flying by, at least for me.

This coming season we will again be offering a number of classes, both on and off-hill. Those however, will be for another newsletter.

I hope everyone got their magazine and refresher workbook from the National Office.  There is information in the latest issue on Bicycle patrols.  EMR is lucky to have three bike patrols located in our region.  This is a great opportunity to get in on mountain biking and utilize your OEC skills during the summer months.  If you are interested and need information, please contact Vito Manzella, EMR Bike Patrol Advisor at, vitoman@comcast.net

Coming up fast is the Central Division Meeting which will be held in the Wisconsin Dells, the weekend of September 7th through the 9th.  Now is the time to register for the event through the Central Division website, http://www.nspcentral.org.

Every patrol in the region has scheduled their refresher by now.  If you cannot make your local area refresher, or know you will have a conflict, please contact another patrol that helps meet your busy schedule.  You can find each scheduled refresher on the region calendar at nspemr.org.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab. Sign-up is now available under that tab also. We already have one person signed up as of this release!  Just an interesting fact, Eastern Michigan Region has had more folks register and test for their Senior classification, and we have added more Seniors than any other region in the Division for the last four years. I would personally love to see this trend continue.

If you are already a Senior Alpine Patroller with a minimum of five years on the patrol, and you really want to show your stuff all while learning to be the best at what we do, consider becoming a Certified Patroller.  This is an outstanding program!  This past season we added three new Certified Candidates into the program. For information please contact Jamie Roell at jvroell@comcast.net for further information.  Jamie is the Region Certified Advisor.

From the entire EMR staff, we wish the remainder of your summer be happy and healthy and we look forward to seeing serving all of you in the upcoming season.

 

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2018 SPRING NEWSLETTER

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

So this season, how did we actually do in the Eastern Michigan Region?  The region held 4 Skiing, Snowboard and Toboggan Seminars and a women’s only event.  We held our first Young Adult event.  Again we registered the largest senior class of candidates within the Central Division. For Seniors, we also offered one of the only Aid Room Module courses in the Division.

Stepping back and speaking of Evaluations, congratulations to all the new patrollers, alpine patrollers, seniors and alpine seniors from all the patrols!  This was another successful season and congratulations to all!

This past season we again utilized on-line registration and waiver signing for all region events. We tried successfully to use the region website for the waivers and the process was easy and very easy for the Instructors who needed the information collected.  Again, Eastern Michigan Region is currently ahead of everyone else in the area of electronic waivers and registration.

Now looking forward!  There are a number of upcoming events and activities that you may wish to participate in.

First up is the EMR Awards Banquet.  This year the banquet will be held at Mt. Holly.  Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30pm. The food (and deserts), should be wonderful.  Ed Usewick, Section Chief for Section III, is planning the event, so please contact Ed with any questions at bikengski2@aol.com. This is a great time to celebrate with your fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols around the region.  Sign-up is on our website (https://www.nspemr.org/home/emr-awards-banquet).

There will be an Instructor Development class in April at Alpine Valley.  If you wish to become an Instructor for any of the NSP programs, this is a mandatory first step.  Contact Derek Werner for more information and course scheduling.at derek.werner@usa.net Course is limited to 10 Participants.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab. Sign-up is now available under that tab also.

If you are a Senior Alpine Patroller with a minimum of five years on the patrol, and you really want to show your stuff all while learning to be the best at what we do, consider becoming a Certified Patroller.  This is an outstanding program!  For information please contact Jamie Roell at jvroell@comcast.netfor further information.

Another fun event is The Detroit Grand Prix.  Again this is a non-NSP fun event.  You can apply as a volunteer for a number of different necessary positions at: http://detroitgp.com/volunteer/index.cfm?cid=17701#.UvkQkmWuLyQ.email.

The International Mountain Bike Association has joined with the NSP.  If you are a rider (or you and your friends), and wish to use your skills during the summer riding the great trails we have in Michigan, contact Vito Manzella, Region Bike Patrol Advisor for more information at; vitoman@comcast.net

Finally I hope everyone had a great year and I, along with the entire EMR staff wish you a healthy and happy summer.

We look forward to seeing you at your patrol banquets, the Region banquet, and on the hill next season!

 

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2018 WINTER NEWSLETTER Vol. 2

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

What a season, but don’t think we are done yet!

We still have courses and events planned as we move into the spring like weather.

March 10 – OEC Module of the Senior Program.  This is the Evaluation!  We have a number of Candidates and are going to need lots of help!  Candidates, be sure to register first on the region website, nspemr.org.

March 18th – Low Angle Rescue at Alpine Valley.  This is a really fun class taught by Jon O’Dell.  This course also can be found on the region website.  I personally took the LAR (low angle rescue) course two years ago at Alpine Valley.  This was a GREAT course as we used real toboggans and actual LAR equipment.  I highly encourage folks to take this course!

March 25th – Mountaineering 1 at Mt. Holly.  Registration is on the website calendar.  Space is limited, so sign up soon.

April 2018, there will be the first offering this year of an Instructor Development course.  We should have that class on the calendar soon.  Please keep your eye on the region calendar for classes and updates!

May 2nd – Region Meeting at Genesys

May 12th – Region Awards Banquet at Mt. Holly.

The on-line registration has worked well this year.  You go to the website, click on Register, for the course you wish to take, fill out the form and you are done, as long as you click confirm to the email confirming your registration.  You are registered and your waiver is signed!

I would like to thank Marge Loula and Rikki Gheller for coordinating the Detroit Winter Blast.  Boyne Mountain put in a hill and we patrolled the “city slopes”.  This is fun event and GREAT NSP exposure.

I would like to congratulate our new Seniors!

So far for the class of 2018 we have Ron Boyd, Senior Patroller.

Mike Gallager and Robert Apoian from Alpine Valley, Jamie Gibson from Mt. Holly who are now Senior Alpine Patrollers.  Congratulations!  We will have more names to add to the class after this weekend’s OEC for the Senior Module at Pine Knob.

Speaking of the Senior Program, you can find the information on our website, nspemr.org.  Registration for next season is now open.  If you are currently in the program, and you did not finish this season, you must register again to participate next season.

This year we had 35 registered Candidates.  This is the largest class in the Central Division and it is wonderful to see so many of you wishing to advance your ski patrol education.  We are happy to help you through your journey.

So yes, we have been busy and continue to look for and develop courses for you, members of the Eastern Michigan Region.  If you have an idea for a course, please feel free to contact me.

As patrol banquets start to come around, I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can!

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2018 WINTER UPDATES

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

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 6th at Mt. Brighton – Toboggan Enhancement Seminar (TES) Course code C100180002.
Open to any patroller wanting to improve their toboggan handling skills.

January 6th – Snowsports Enhancement (SES) Seminar.  Course number C100180001.  The course is structured for any patroller wishing to enhance their skiing or riding skills to the senior standard.

January 6th – Toboggan Instructors Continuing Education clinic.  Course number C004180001.  The CE courses are open for patrol IOR’s and I/T’s needing to meet their refresher requirement.

January 7th – Women’s Snowsports Seminar.  Course number C100180012.  This is designed for women only and taught women to improve your ski/ride skills.

January 13th – The TES and SES events will be held at Pine Knob along with Jamie Roell, Region Certified Advisor, hosting a Certified Awareness event.  Also at this event, Mike Taylor will be on site hosting a ski tune-up seminar.  Finally we will also hold another Toboggan Instructor CE course. Course numbers are as follows;
Toboggan Enhancement – C100180008
Snowsports Enhancement – C100180004
OET CE – C004180002

January 20th at Snowsnake Mtn. – There will be a TES / SES and another OET CE course.  The course numbers for Snowsnake are as follows;
TES – C100180009
SES – C100180005
OET CE – C004180003

Also on January 20th there is a Bumps and Steeps clinic for Senior Candidates to train with the region staff for the mogul portion of the Senior On-hill Evaluation.  This course number is – C100180003.  The course is set to run over three dates to give everyone an opportunity to gain confidence tobogganing in a mogul field.

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.  We are currently getting the National number for this course so please be patient.  For Information on the course, please contact John Taylor at; taylorjo2@gmail.com

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

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.  The Course numbers are as follows’
Nordic Ski – C283180001
Nordic Toboggan – C283780002

February 25th – Mountaineering 2 course number C283180003 will be held at Independence Oaks by the Division Mountaineering Supervisor, Jon O’Dell

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.

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 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 10th at Pine Knob.

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 26th through January 28th.  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.  The website at nspemr.org is open and available for you to sign-up to work this event.

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!

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2017 FALL UPDATES

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!

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2017 SUMMER NEWSLETTER

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Hard to believe that it’s near the end of July and the new season is about to begin!  The summer is flying by, at least for me. Now it’s time for your region staff to start putting in motion the plans that we have made for the 2017 – 2018 season.

This coming season we will again be offering a number of classes, both on and off-hill. Those however, will be for another newsletter.

I hope everyone got their Direct Line July 2017 from the National Office.  “Registration and dues payments for 2018 will start in September.”  This year the process for us in the Central Division will be a little different than what we were used to in previous years.  This should not be a surprise as we have talked about this registration process change coming for over a year now.  As we get closer, everyone will be notified of the dues process.

Now an update on upcoming events.  Coming up fast is the Central Division Meeting which will be held at the Boyne Mountain Resort, the weekend of September 8th through the 10th.  There is still time to register for the event through the Central Division website, http://www.nspcentral.org or the NMR Facebook page.

Every patrol in the region has scheduled their refresher by now.  If you cannot make your local area refresher, please contact another patrol that helps meet your busy schedule.  You can find each scheduled refresher on the region calendar at nspemr.org.

One change in the Central Division, there will no longer be a charge for Instructors to belong to the Central Division Snowsports School.  With this change the division will now offer a graduated partial financial reimbursement to those instructors who successfully complete their PSIA level I, II or III certifications.  And it has already been asked, this new development is not retroactive.  Marty Blazskowski, Division Snowsports School Director, can provide you with all the information. Marty’s information can be found on the Central Division website.

One of the new Region activities you will see starting up this season is the Young Adult Program.  Cricket Nickolaou is our region advisor and is planning some activities to expose and recruit young folks to join the NSP.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab. Sign-up is now available under that tab also. We already have one person signed up as of this release!  Just an interesting fact, Eastern Michigan Region has had more folks register and test for their Senior classification, and we have added more Seniors than any other region in the Division for the last four years. I would personally love to see this trend continue.

If you are already a Senior Alpine Patroller with a minimum of five years on the patrol, and you really want to show your stuff all while learning to be the best at what we do, consider becoming a Certified Patroller.  This is an outstanding program!  For information please contact Jamie Roell at jvroell@comcast.net for further information.  Jamie is the Region Certified Advisor.

From the entire EMR staff, we wish the remainder of you summer be happy and healthy and we look forward to seeing serving all of you in the upcoming season.

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2017 SPRING NEWSLETTER

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Well the season is about over and to me anyway, it closed quickly and was far too short!  Patrols have begun their year-end planning activities and filing out their administrative reports.

So in this short season how did we actually do in the Eastern Michigan Region?  The region held 3 Skiing, Snowboard and Toboggan Seminars there was a women’s only event.  Again we held the largest senior off hill OEC evaluation within the Central Division. I would like to thank the 85 people who spent their day helping put on this event.  I’d also like to thank Rae Ann Ruddy and Derek Werner for organizing and running this huge event.  Thank You!!

Speaking of Evaluations, congratulations to all the new patrollers, alpine patrollers, seniors and alpine seniors from all the patrols!  We added 2 new Senior Patrollers and 4 new Senior Alpine Patrollers.  Congratulations to all!

This past season we again utilized on-line registration and waiver signing for all region events. Since the National office changed course registration, this became a two step event and caused some confusion.  After numerous folks used the two processes several times, it eventually got easier.  No less confusing, but easier.  There is really nothing we can do as the National Office site will not let us link directly to their site.

Now looking forward!  There are a number of upcoming events and activities that you may wish to participate in.

First up is the EMR Awards Banquet.  This year the banquet will be held at Mt. Brighton.  Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 and dinner at 7:00pm. This is a great time to celebrate with your fellow patrollers and friends from other patrols around the region.  Sign-up is on our website (nspemr.org).  You will find it located on the right side of the screen and I have also provided a link here:  https://www.nspemr.org/home/emr-awards-banquet

There will be an Instructor Development class this spring.  If you wish to become an Instructor for any of the NSP programs, this is a mandatory first step.  Contact Jodie Fuller at JF4Seasons@aol.com for more information and course scheduling.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab within the region website. Sign-up is now available under that tab also.

If you are a Senior Alpine Patroller with a minimum of five years on the patrol, and you really want to show your stuff all while learning to be the best at what we do, consider becoming a Certified Patroller.  This is an outstanding program!  For information please contact Jamie Roell at jvroell@comcast.net for further information.

Finally I hope everyone had a great year and I, along with the entire EMR staff wish you a healthy and happy off-season.

We look forward to seeing you at your patrol banquets, the Region banquet, and on the hill next season!
Sincerely

Mike Schons

2016 WINTER UPDATES

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

The season is now open with lots of events that are about to take place. 

January 7, 2017, The Division Skills team will be at Pine Knob conducting a Senior Evaluators Clinic.  If you see these folks on the slopes, please welcome them.

There will be a women’s only ski enhancement seminar held at Alpine Valley January 7th also.  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?  There are 3 ski and toboggan clinics and an Avalanche course planned in January.  Please check the region calendar for dates, times and information.

For those who wish to take their skills to the next level, Certified applications MUST be in by January 1st to participate in the qualification clinic this season.  Contact Jamie Roell at  jvroell@comcast.net for information.

This season we have 24 Senior Candidates!  Thanks to you, the membership, there is a strong desire to educate yourselves and advance your skills.  If you have questions concerning the Senior program, please ask your Patrol Director, or your Region Staff.  We are always available to answer questions or if you have concerns.

I keep mentioning the Eastern Michigan website for information.  The website can be found at nspemr.org.  To get to the calendar, click on the calendar tab near the top of the page, then, click on the event(s) you are interested in.

Now to address the unfortunate situation that occurred last weekend during the Division Clinic at Boyne Highlands.  Yes, there was a fire that is under intense investigation as reported.  This brings me to the point that affects us.  As patrollers, we are representatives of area management even when we are at another resort participating in a patrol event.  Posting photos of resort tragedy, chair evacuations, (even refreshers), evaluations or testing’s onto social media are strictly forbidden under Region, Division and NSP policies. These postings have a negative impact on the resorts that host us and the National Ski Patrol as a whole. Please be respectful of our resorts and fellow patrollers and avoid these types of postings.  If you have questions about a posting please contact me and we can discuss the issue and relevance within the context of the policy.

Finally with the holidays coming fast, the entire region staff and I would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

I look forward to seeing you on the hills!

Sincerely

Mike Schons

2016 FALL NEWSLETTER

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Hard to believe that summer is over and it’s time to start putting in motion the plans for the 2016 – 2017 season.

I would like to congratulate newly elected Patrol Directors, Jon Banner of Apple Mtn. and Bessie Montante of Alpine Valley, welcome and congratulations!  We would like to thank the outgoing Patrol Directors, Fred Herter and Jessie Lewis for their service to the Eastern Michigan Region.

In June the Region hosted a multi-regional OEC conference to support training our Instructor Trainers and Patrol Instructor of Record folks in Teaching OEC 5 and use of the National website for information and material.  We had folks from patrols in Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio and our own Eastern Michigan regions all meeting together.

Speaking of the National Website, PD’s you may have already or you will soon receive information on the newly designed website.  You will need this information for patrol registration and Instructors for course registration and closure.  There is a newly developed training video for your use in acclimating you to the new website.

Also on the new website is your on-line refresher.  I just completed mine and it should take no more than 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete.  This year is cycle “C” and I’m sure each patrol is getting ready.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab on the nspemr.org website. Sign-up is now available under that tab also.

In October, Jamie Roell, EMR Certified Advisor will be hosting a certified awareness clinic where you will be able to actually work your first aid skills on a Certified OEC scenario.  Jamie will also have available other examples of Certified modules for you to experience.  The certified program is an excellent way to be at the top of your game and make new friends along the way.  The event will be held in October and sign-up will soon be available on the EMR website.  You must pre-register for the event.

The number of Certified Candidates and Certified Patrollers in Eastern Michigan is quite low.  Especially when you look at the numbers that state below us (Ohio) is putting out.  Now I hate to say that a team like Ohio (red and gray), is starting to look a bit more superior than us on the Michigan team, so if you are interested in becoming a Certified Patroller, contact and use your Certified members in EMR that will help you with your journey.

There is a new ski manufacturer in the Central Division, Mortal Ski Company, a Midwestern ski company making skis for Midwestern ski areas.  Mortal Ski Company was founded in 2015 by two ski patrollers from Perfect North Slopes, Ron Gerdes and Mark Branham, They had a vision of building a work ski for the conditions they skied, specifically for the challenges of skiing and Patrolling on Midwestern hard pack snow.  Through their first year Mortal Ski Company was able to get around 50 skis on the snow from Washington State to New York.  From this small sample they were able to refine their product and make improvements as they prepared for the winter of 2016.  Mortal Ski Company is working to build a better ski to do the job patrollers love to do.  They offer a NSP discount, so if you’re looking for new skis, check these out at:  www.mortalskicompany.com email them at: mortalskis@gmail.com or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mortalskicompany/

There is another election this year for the National Board.  Thanks to you, we got Ty Damon elected and also thanks to all of you, Central Division had the largest voting block of all the Divisions within the NSP!  This year we have 2 more Central Division folks running for the board.  I urge all of you to get out a vote for the Central Division members, Jay Zedak and Brian Ulrich.  Please go to the National website to read their position statements.  Also, as I come around to the patrols in the next couple of months, please stop and we can talk about the importance of the board make-up and how it affects you, as a patroller.

I Will be visiting some of the refreshers this season along with the Certified Awareness Clinic so I hope to see you along the way.

Sincerely

Mike Schons