The Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol (Northfield, Massachusetts) is an
organization of volunteer first responders trained and nationally
certified in winter safety, outdoor emergency care, cross country skiing,
land navigation, mountain travel, search and rescue, and winter survival.
|Northfield Mountain Trails have Reopened|
Posted November 26, 2013
Trails are again open to foot traffic but now closed to horses and mountain bikes until the end of mud season in 2014. Deer shotgun season begins December 2. Wear bright colors on the trails. Read the notice in the Trails Report.
|Patrol Website Marks Ten Years|
Posted November 2, 2013
The Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol website (www.nmnsp.org) first went online in November, 2003, ten years ago. Since then, we’ve announced upcoming patrol activities and reported related events outside the patrol.
If you’re nostalgic, take a look at the first month of postings in fall 2003. You’ll find that the format is a bit different, but the page is still familiar.
|Joannie Duris Honored|
Posted October 27, 2013
At today’s Nordic Skills Refresher, Patrol Representative Bill Gabriel presented the Eastern Division Patroller Appreciation Award to Joannie Duris in recognition of her long service to the patrol. The EDPAA is intended to recognize long-tenured members who frequently go above and beyond expectations in their patrol but who have not had the desire or opportunity to assume leadership roles at the patrol or region level. Joannie received a certificate, an embroidered patch, and a pin. Congratulations, Joannie, and thanks for your service.
|Northfield Mountain Nordic Patrol Members Honored|
Posted October 21, 2013
Western Massachusetts Region Director Joel Sevick presented awards to Jonathan Shefftz (left) and Bill Schweikert (right) at the region’s recent fall officers’ meeting.
Jonathan received the Eastern Division Pete Snyder Outstanding Nordic Patroller Award and the NSP’s Silver Merit Star as Runner Up for the National Outstanding Nordic Patroller of the Year. Bill received the 2013 Regional Directors Award as The Volunteer who has Contributed the Most to Patrolling for the Region.
|Annual Patrol Refresher Scheduled |
Posted October 20, 2013
The patrol has scheduled its annual skills refresher. Activities at the mountain start at 8:00 AM on Sunday, October 27. Topics include CPR refresher, knots, race injuries, first-aid room familiarization, low-angle rescue, and overdue skiers.
|EMS Hadley Club Days and Members Sale|
Posted September 26, 2013
Eastern Mountain Sports in Hadley will hold its semi-annual Club Days on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5. Members of outdoors organizations receive a 25% discount on all EMS© brand items and 20% off almost everything else. Bring your NSP card to qualify.
|Patrollers Volunteer at Bone Frog Challenge|
Posted September 19, 2013
Dozens of patrollers from ten Western Massachusetts patrols provided first aid support last
Saturday for the Navy SEAL Bone
Frog Challenge, an adventure race with military-style obstacles spread
out every ¼-mile over a 9-mile course on Berkshire East's terrain. Tom
Deam and Bill Schweikert volunteered at the event.
Read about the competition and view photos in
Race results with times and paces are at
|Minutes of Eastern Division Fall Officers Meeting|
Posted September 11, 2013
The NSP Eastern Division held its Fall Officers Meeting on September 8th in Clifton Park, New York. To stay informed of the issues discussed and decisions made, you can download the online minutes.
|Patrol Recognizes Bob Perry|
Posted September 11, 2013
Forty years ago, Bob Perry was one of the first members of our patrol but stepped down
from patrolling a few years ago. He recently retired from Northfield Mountain staff and was honored at a reception last night. Bill Gabriel presented Bob with a certificate and plaque in recognition of his multi-decade service. Attendees included past and present patrollers Tom Deam, Bob Duris, Chris Frado, Bob Presutti, Maryanne Richardson, Greg Richardson, and Bill Schweikert.
|Two Trails Closed at Northfield Mountain|
Posted September 3, 2013
Transmission line work is being done on the Tenth Mountain and Tooleybush Turnpike trails. All construction zones are temporarily closed to hiking, day use, and recreation during active work hours. Other trails are open for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Read the notice in the Trails Report.
|Volunteer Opportunity: Bone Frog Challenge|
Posted September 2, 2013
The Berkshire East Ski Patrol is providing first aid support for the Navy SEAL Bone Frog Challenge on Sept 14th and is looking for additional patrollers to assist. This is an adventure race with military-style obstacles spread out every ¼-mile over about 10 miles. We hope to have two patrollers at each of the 36 obstacles, staff a first aid tent, and have additional patrollers for backup and assistance.
This event is sure to be a good time and supports several good causes.
In return for your hard work you will receive two free meals, a t-shirt, and lift tickets to Berkshire East. The after-race party promises to be a lot of fun.
For details please contact Gerry Pollard (Gerry.Pollard@bhs.org) or Ed Ralicki (email@example.com).
To volunteer, sign up at Bone Frog Challenge. Much more information can be found at Berkshire East, Bone Frog Facebook, The Recorder,
Valley Advocate, and an interview.
The date is September 14. Come participate; come spectate.
|Southern New England Weather Conference|
Posted August 31, 2013
This year's Southern New England Weather Conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th, at Meditech Corp. in Canton, MA. The agenda includes presentations on the region’s tornadoes, blizzards, and tropical storms.
For more information and registration, visit the conference’s home page.
|Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour Returns to Area|
Posted August 31, 2013
Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour is scheduled for eight dates in the Northeast this season. A screening is scheduled for March first in Amherst. Put that date on your calendar. See the entire Mountainfilm On Tour schedule and list of films.
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Last updated November 26, 2013
Website by Bill Schweikert
Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol