Another win for IMD and Brighton Ski Patrol
Marc Barlage was recently tapped as the new Outdoor Emergency Transportation Program director, replacing Jay Zedak, who stepped down after being elected to the board. Marc has been a patroller at Brighton Ski Resort in Utah since 1991, and was awarded National Appointment Number 9156. He has been an OET instructor since 1993 and an OET IT since 1994. He also teaches Avalanche and CPR. He served as the assistant patrol director at Brighton from 2004-06.
Brighton Ski Patrol is receiving some major recognition after being named "Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol" by the National Ski Patrol System.
"Not many patrols have been recognized in the Intermountain West, so we were very honored," Nancy Pitstick of Brighton Patrol said.
The Resort's patrol beat out 670 other resorts in the United States and Europe. The award criteria looks at Patrol performance over the last four years. It's a large honor and it comes in a year where heavy snow has kept patrollers busy. A drier pattern over the last five years had the patrol hyper focused on safety.
"In years past there were just more hazards on the mountain, rock bands, tree stumps, trees, cliffs, things that we have to mark out for our guests here," Chris Stowe, the snow safety supervisor at Brighton Resort said.
The patrol receives extensive training on how to respond to outdoor emergencies and medical is a big part of any ski patroller's day, but active weather means different types of upkeep for the mountain.
"The signage, taking the toboggan down, sometimes we put up patrol signs, patrolling slow skiing areas, and move our tower pads, we raise and lower those depending on the snow surface level," Marc Barlage of the patrol said.
Brighton received this recognition back in 1987 and while the award is a huge accomplishment, patrollers say nothing can top the tight knit relationship they have with one another.
"The patrol is a family and we all take care of each other and kids. We have a lot of patrol kids that grow up on the mountain, and they know they can't mess up on the mountain because all the patrollers are watching," Nancy Pitstick said.
MTR 1&2 Combined Course
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NSP training videos
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Continuing Education Instructor Clinic. This meeting is mandatory for all Instructors of the Intermountain Division Avalanche, Mountaineering, and Nordic disciplines and is on accordance with Now NSP Regulations regarding continuing education for the maintenance of your instructor appointment. Please contact our program supervisor for more information. pdf file
Fresh Tracks from Kevin J
I would like to apologize for not reaching out to all of you before now. As the new Division Director, I want to first, thank all of the IMD Patrol Representatives for voting my assistants, John Keith, Stephan Birkel, and me in. I have taken a strong interest in, not only our division, but national level issues that affect our division, and our organization for several years now. I am continuing to represent you on a national level by being appointed to serve on the Selection Committee to help narrow the field of applicants for the position of National Education Director. We have recently lost Darcy Hanley, and will be looking for a qualified replacement.
Our division is in a bit of a flux. We have several mountain resorts going through transitions, that directly impact some of our very dedicated patrols. I am monitoring these transitions and am offering any assistants that may help answer any questions that might arise.
I would like to remind all our members that it is your right, and responsibility to vote in the ongoing, National Board elections. Voting ends on December 1. Log in to NSP.org and sign in. Voting is very easy, Bill Sinykin is running for the National Board and deserves your vote. He's on several national committees and has served as the Chair of the Division Director's Committee. He represented our division for 6 years and did a great job. Vote as you feel appropriate , and take the time to learn about the other candidates from the publication that you received with your last ski patrol magazine.
I'm looking forward to visiting all your mountains , and supporting all of your education , and administrative needs.
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THANK YOU from your Past Division Director”. I want to thank all of you for your support and allowing me the opportunity to serve this fine Division as your Division Director. I wish the new Leadership of the Division the best of luck and know that we are in good hands. I look forward to seeing all of you on the snow and making a few turns in the soft white stuff.
I believe that change can be a good thing and it is usually inevitable. There are certainly changes afoot in the Ski Industry. Large companies are continuing to move toward dominating the ownership aspect of our Ski Areas. Vail Corp. now owns Park City and the Canyons along with its many other holdings. An article I just read talks about new lifts that will connect five Utah Areas on the Wasatch Front. I am anxious to see what all of this means to the NSP and patrolling in the Intermountain Division.
We have a great new Team in the leadership role of the IMD. Kevin Johnson (new DD), John Keith (new Southern Assistant), and Stefan Berkel (serving a second term as Northern Assistant) are poised to lead the Division into the future. I applaud these outstanding individuals for stepping forward and offering their services to the members of this outstanding Division. document
Fresh Tracks Final #2
NSP Certified Program
This study guide is intended as a supplemental aid for patrollers involved in the Certified process with the National Ski Patrol (NSP). Its purpose is to help prepare candidates for Certified education and testing. This guide is not intended to be interpreted as a manual for ski patrollers or ski areas, and it is not intended to act as a set of guidelines or policies and procedures at snow sports areas. This document is ever changing and updated regularly. pdf
NSP Certified Program Study Guide(Beta)
RECALL - Avalanche Airbags by BCA
This recall involves BCA Avalanche airbags, models Float 18, 22, 30, 32, 36 and Throttle. The airbags are used for skiing, snowmobiling and mountain climbing to help keep the user above the surface if an avalanche occurs. The airbags are yellow and are housed in a blue, red or black pack. The packs have the model name printed on them. “Float” and the “bca” logo are printed in black lettering on the airbag. Lot letters A through E are included in the recall. The lot letter can be found on the trigger handle. Avalanche Airbags Recalled by Backcountry Access
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