TimberWest donation advances Mt. Washington Ski Patrol training

A record number of first year applicants and the rest of the volunteers of the Mt Washington Ski Patrol Association completed another successful training weekend at the end of October.

With a $1,000 donation, TimberWest supported this critical training activity. Sue Handel, Communications Manager at TimberWest noted that “TimberWest is pleased to be able to provide our support to the volunteer ski patrollers who help make Mt Washington a safe and enjoyable ski destination.”

The Mt Washington Ski Patrol Association is an independent non-profit organization that has 148 volunteer members who work in close coordination with the paid ski patrol at Mt Washington Alpine Resort.

The association is funded through member dues and donations. “The donation by TimberWest was greatly appreciated,” noted MWSPA Vice-President Martin Martens, “and covered a significant part of our expenses during training weekend.

This really helps us improve our skills and training.”

Training weekend, held on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Mt Washington main lodge, included 56 first year applicants. MWSPA received 79 applications for the volunteer patrol this year and the 56 trainees was a record number for the patrol, twelve more than the previous record last season. These trainees joined 52 returning patrollers and 40 trainers to refresh their first aid skills as they prepared for the upcoming season.

The volunteers of the Mt Washington Ski Patrol Association hold a wide range of first aid and medical training. Most volunteers hold Occupational Level 3 or Outdoor Emergency Care certifications but the patrol includes members with Primary Care Paramedic and Emergency Medical Responder certifications as well as Emergency Room Nurses.The training weekend was also attended by Suzanne Clarke of the Pacific Alpine Institute in Whistler. Suzanne attended as part of a quality control assessment for the National Ski Patrol’s Outdoor Emergency Care certification. In her evaluation, she noted that the event was very well run and organized. The next step for the trainees is Snow Camp, held on the second and third weekends of December.

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