March 2013  
Volume 6 Issue 3        

   The Sweep!
The NSP Month in Review

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From the desk of Tim White
NSP News
Communications and Marketing
Industry News
Catalog Spotlight
NSP Visitors
Burt Mitchell steps down     


Dear Members:


It is with much regret that I announce that due to ongoing health issues, Burt Mitchell has stepped down as the chair of the NSP board of directors. Burt has served on the board since January 2009. He was elected to his third term as chair in January 2013.


A true statesman, Burt was successful in growing NSP's reputation among industry partners and building collaboration with organizational leaders. Perhaps Burt's greatest attribute as chair was his unselfish commitment to stay connected to the membership. Burt said of his commitment to you, our members, "I will remember the basic patroller and their needs, for I am still that basic patroller with the same needs." He certainly fulfilled that commitment as chair.


According to our bylaws, the board will convene later this month to elect a new chair and announce a replacement for the vacant board seat. At the present time, Scott Marland is the first assistant chair and John Lawson is the second assistant chair.


Tim White
Chief Executive Optimist 
Board Election Call for Candidates                                                           

On Monday, April 1, we will be posting the Call for Candidates for the 2013 board election on the website under "Elections," accessible from "Quick Links" on the member side of the website. If you think you might be interested in running for the board of directors in 2013, please watch out for the Call for Candidates and read the procedures for submitting your candidacy to the Nominations Committee.

Patroller Education Conference moved to 2015                                     

In a recent board conference call, a decision was made to push the next Patroller Education Conference (PEC) to 2015. PEC is currently undergoing a program expansion and revision, which will include expanded offerings for young adults, the Certified Program, and more. The extra year will enable the education and marketing departments to unveil a more complete and exciting conference. We will be announcing the location of the 2015 Patroller Education Conference in early 2014.

NSP Member Survey starts                                                                     

We recently sent out the invitation to participate in our biannual member survey. This survey is an important tool for you, our members, to communicate to the leadership what you like about NSP services, and what you feel can be improved. Please take a moment to take the survey; there are 46 questions related to education, catalog offerings, marketing, and more. We thank you in advance for taking the survey, and hope to continue to expand the value of your NSP membership.

NSP supports Junior Warrior Program at Ski Cooper                               

On Friday, March 8, the NSP supported a program at Ski Cooper that brought 35 sons and daughters of currently-deployed soldiers up from Colorado Springs to Ski Cooper for a day on the snow; of those 35, 12 had never been skiing or snowboarding before. The kids were divided into two groups, and the "never-evers" and very beginners stayed on the magic carpet ride for the day with two skiing and snowboarding instructors who helped teach them. This effort was assisted by Ski Cooper patrollers, while other patrollers took the more advanced kids out to other areas on the hill. The group reconvened for lunch in the cafeteria, then went back out on the hill for more instruction. At the end of the day, everyone who could ski or ride a green run met at the top to bring the American flag down the mountain. Ski Cooper donated lift tickets, the patrol and resort paid for lunch, Colorado Springs businesses paid for the chartered buses, and NSP donated goodie bags that promoted skier safety, with items like Grabber hand warmers, Subaru ski safety bandanas, stickers from Rossignol and Polarmax, and Easy Access bandages from Adventure Medical Kits. Other donated items for giveaways included three Medline water bottles, a Hybrid binding pack, and a pair of Smith Optics goggles. The event received coverage on a Colorado Springs TV station, which can be viewed here.

NSP seeks Safety Team members                                                            

NSP has an opening on its Safety Team.

To promote safety initiatives throughout each NSP division; to develop safety programs and safety initiatives with existing NSP sponsors and snow sports organizations.
Position Requirements:
  • Must be an active NSP patroller;
  • Must know their division organization hierarchy;
  • Must be able to use technology;
  • Must have a working understanding of risk management as it pertains to the NSP;
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written); and
  • Familiar with NSP Safety Page on the website, and current safety initiatives in the snows sports industry.
  • Required Documentation:
  • NSP resume;
  • Letter of recommendation; and
  • Letter of recommendation from division director.
  • Position Involvement:
  • Ability to attend monthly conference calls (2 hours in length);
  • Ability to blog with sponsors about Safety Team gear;
  • Time to attend division meetings, if requested;
  • Support from family members; and
  • Strong commitment to the team and ability to support team initiatives.
  • Contact:
    Darcy Hanley
    303-988-111, ext. 2660  
    75th Anniversary Toboggan!                                                                    

    NSP would like to say "Thank you" to everyone who donated to have their name inscribed on the one-of-a-kind 75th Anniversary carbon-fiber toboggan! Cascade Rescue donated this exclusive toboggan in 2012 in honor of its 50th year in business, and to celebrate NSP's 75th year. Individuals have been donating to NSP in order to have their name inscribed on a plaque displayed inside the toboggan, and to date, over 43 people have donated and over $15,000 has been raised. This is a remarkable accomplishment, and we're excited to have the 75th Anniversary toboggan on display in the museum of the NSP office for all to see! All monies raised from the 75th Anniversary toboggan go directly into the Education Endowment Fund to help fund educational efforts for years to come. To join over 40 others and get your name included on the plaque inside the toboggan by donating $150 or more, click here! Four levels of donations are represented on the toboggan, reflecting donations of more than $150, more than $250, more than $500, and more than $1,000. Donate today and have your name preserved in NSP's history, and help NSP's education efforts for years to come!


    Spring is here! The weather continues to get warmer, and the days continue to get longer, so head over to and view the new spring lineup, with items like the Adze jacket, which is loved by both men and women. The Adze jacket offers total protection from even the worst wind by combining Polartec® Windbloc® stretch-woven fabric with a moisture-wicking fleece grid backer that keeps you warm and dry in cold conditions. This soft shell utilizes Patagonia's Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish, making it the ultimate spring jacket! Check it out for yourself by clicking here.



    For many of us, it's almost time to put away the snow goggles and break out the springtime sunglasses! Before you do, check out the great selection of high-quality and best-selling Bollé sunglasses, such as the Copperhead, Anaconda, and King, available in the online Ski Patrol Catalog! Don't see the pair that you're looking for? No problem, just click on the Bollé logo on the NSP Pro Deals Page to see even more Bollé sunglasses available at 40 percent off MSRP!


    Liberty Mutual    

    You may be dreading the end of winter and the 2012/13 ski season, but don't forget the cold, hard facts: Old Man Winter still has plenty of time to deliver a deadly blizzard or ice storm. Follow these tips from Liberty Mutual if you find yourself stranded in your car in bad winter weather.

    • Stay inside and hang a colored cloth on your antenna to indicate distress;
    • Put on extra layers of clothing, or wrap yourself in a blanket while running the heater for 10 minutes every hour with the engine on so you don't drain your battery; and
    • Crack a window for fresh air, and if water is unavailable, melt snow before you eat it, as it will lower your body temperature if eaten frozen.

    Because you're a National Ski Patrol member, you could receive exclusive savings on auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual. To learn more about Liberty Mutual's auto and home insurance, or to receive a free, no obligation quote, visit

    Blizzard Protection has recently launched its blog at We welcome your input and participation. We will also be offering a free webinar, "Hypothermia in Spring?" that is presented by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a hypothermia expert featured on the Discovery Channel, Outside Magazine, and the Late Show with David Letterman. For more information, and to register, click here. Blizzard Protection would also like to thank all NSP members for their service and duties in keeping our slopes safe. Our product lines are expanding, and we would like to invite you to browse our catalog of products through the NSP Pro Deals page to aid in your duties on the slopes.


    NSP is proud to announce that Lendal North America is now an Official Sponsor of National Ski Patrol. Lendal is the sole manufacturer and distributor of Lendal Paddles in North America. These paddles feature an amazing blend of aerospace carbon science, renowned geometry, patented Paddlok® technology, and a new, more ergonomic design inspired by some of the world's greatest paddlers! Their high-quality paddles are specifically designed for either coastal touring or whitewater. Learn more about Lendal by clicking here, and be on the lookout for the Lendal pro site, which will feature a unique paddle with National Ski Patrol graphics, on the NSP Pro Deals Page at in the next few weeks!

    Medline Medline

    Restock your patrol's medical supplies now and save money! Many other patrols have saved money by utilizing NSP's medical supply purchasing program with Medline, so join these other patrols and start saving when restocking items for next ski season! Click here to read more about this great program, and contact Elaine Powers at or 1-800-323-1368, ext. 1726, to set up an account. Once an account is setup, you can enjoy easy online ordering and next day delivery if the order is placed by noon. Please share this with your patrol director/representative to let them know about this money-saving program.



    The NSP Flickr photo page is the place to upload all your pictures for the Everyday Heroes NSP Photo Contest, which ends THIS MONTH! (See winter 2013 issue of Ski Patrol Magazine, or click here for details). It is also a perfect place to share all the photos you take at the 75th Gala! You do not need a login ID to view the photos posted by your fellow patrollers at the NSP photo site. Simply click this link, or go to Flickr and search for "NSP Photos" under "Users." The login ID is used if you want to post new photos of an event or your patrol. To post photos, go to Flickr, click "Sign In," enter the login ID "nspphotos" and the password. The password is 75Years (capitalize the Y); if the login does not work, email Candace Horgan.


    OEC Program Director selected

    It is my pleasure to announce that our new OEC National Program Director is Deb Endly. Many of you may be familiar with her name, as it is on the cover of the Outdoor Emergency Care Fifth Edition book and she has chaired the OEC Refresher Committee. Since January, she has been the interim OEC Program director. However you know her, Deb will provide outstanding leadership for the OEC Program. We are pleased she is part of the national program director team.


    This is a heads-up for all OEC instructors! The OEC Instructor Study Guide- Cycle C will only be published in an electronic format. OEC is going green! Access to the guide will be through the NSP website, and located under "Instructor Resources" under "Member Resources." If an instructor is not current, he or she will not be able to access this guide. If an instructor does not have Internet access, he or she will have to call Darcy Hanley at the national office and the guide will be sent out on a CD. Also, a reminder that the new MyNSPKit instructor access codes will be issued in May to the OEC division supervisors.

    Industry News    

    LSSM increases January lessons by 50 percent 

    Organizers from Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month reported a 50 percent increase in beginner lessons in January 2013, as 153,000 beginner lessons in 34 states were registered. That is an increase of 50,000 from January 2012, and an increase of more than 130,000 since LSSM started in January 2009.


    The majority of participating ski areas offered discounted lift tickets, lessons, and rental equipment packages, with most offering the discounts for all of January. Seventy percent of participating areas reported that their consumer participation was higher compared to 2012, and 44 percent thought that the amount of snow in their region positively affected participation.


    "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend has enjoyed support from all aspects of the snow sports industry, and that is what makes it work so well in a cost-efficient manner," said LSSM Taskforce Chair Raelene Davis, marketing VP for Ski Utah.


    Nearly 175 adults participated in the Bring a Friend Challenge, which encouraged existing skiers to register beginners for lessons. More than 20 won prizes from suppliers, retailers, and areas, including the grand prize trips to Utah (Canyons, Deer Valley, and Park City) and Vermont (Smuggler's Notch).

    Catalog Specials!!!                                                                                  

    NSP Spring Cleaning Sale! 

    In an effort to make space for new product coming in for next season, NSP is running a "Spring Cleaning Sale" for the entire month of April. We will also extend the sale on logo items until the end of April! Look for great discounts on the following brands/products in the Online Ski Patrol Catalog beginning Friday, March 29. Sale items will be clearly marked with current pricing and sale pricing. Discounts will range from 10-30 percent off the already low catalog pricing. Look for discounts on select products from ColdAvenger, Deuter, Agloves, Auclair, DeFeet, Bollé, Smith Optics, Rudy Project, Ortovox (shovels and probes), MSR (snowshoes), and more!


    Deuter Freerider Pro 30/Ortovox Patroller Digital Sale!!

    Beginning Wednesday, April 10, the Deuter Freerider Pro 30 with the reflective white cross will be marked down to $95 from its current price of $109. We will also be discounting the Freerider Pro 30 without the cross from $99 to $89.


    Also, the Ortovox Patroller Digital beacon is available for the last time during the month of April! The Patroller Digital will be available Friday, March 29, at the discounted rate of $155, a $20 discount off the already low catalog price, and $75 under MSRP. Supplies of sale items are limited, so don't miss out on your chance to save!

    #18400 with Cross NOW $95/#18132 no Cross NOW $89.

    #18155 Patroller Digital NOW $155  

    NSP Visitors of the Month
    Dianne Munneke, Lisa Mix, and Kari Eggleston
    Diane Munneke, Lisa Mix, and Kari Eggleston of the Mad River Mountain Ski Patrol in Bellefontaine, Ohio, stopped by the office at the end of February. 

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jim Hopkins, Mark Roman, and Nick and Myron Crispino          

    (From L-R), Jim Hopkins of the Swain Mountain Ski Patrol in Swain, N.Y., Mark Roman of the Denton Hill Ski Patrol in Coudersport, Pa., and Nick and Myron Crispino of Swain Mountain, stopped by the office at the end of February.


    Thanks for stopping by!







    Bob Duerr, Scott Danforth, and Randy Loitt
    Bob Duerr and Randy Loitt of the Cascade Mountain Ski Patrol in Portage, Wis., flank Scott Danforth of the Grand Geneva Ski Patrol in Lake Geneva, Wis., on a visit to the office at the end of February.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Flo Rutherford   
    Flo Rutheford, of the Jack Frost Ski Patrol in Blakeslee, Pa., stopped by the office in early March with her husband, Mark Carbman.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Scott Levitt and Jon Bratt
    Scott Levitt and Jon Bratt, from the Whitetail Ski Patrol in Mercersburg, Pa., stopped by the office in early March.

    Thanks for stopping by!  

    Jesse Holland
    Jesse Holland, the ski patrol director for the Maple Ski Ridge Ski Patrol in Rotterdam, N.Y., stopped by the office in late March with his son,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ann O'Connor and Caren Berei 
    Ann O'Connor and Caren Berei, of the Alpine Mountain Ski Patrol in Henryville, Pa., stopped by the office while on a ski trip to Colorado, where they skied Arapahoe Basin.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    William Lowell  
    William Lowell, of the Pine Crest Nordic Patrol, who also holds a secondary registration with the Donner Cross Country Patrol, stopped by the office at the end of March.

    Thanks for stopping by!! 
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