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. Fresh Tracks Final #2
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