Annual AMN Instructor Refresher

Every Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic/Backcountry Instructor must attend an Instructor Refresher every three years. These three programs work together to offer a combined Instructor Refresher annually. This year’s AMN Instructor Refresher is being held at Spring Mountain in Pennsylvania on September 14 & 15, 2024.

The program supervisors hold the AMN Instructor Refreshers in different regions every year so that hopefully one will be convenient for you to attend. Last year’s was at Gore Mountain in the ENY Region and the year before that was at Winding Trails in the CT Region.

Although attending an Instructor Refresher isn’t mandatory for Instructor-Candidates, this is a great opportunity for them to stay current and network. You might even find opportunities to do some mentored instructing during the upcoming season!

Of course, every patroller who is at all interested in becoming an instructor in one of these programs, or is simply interested in refreshing their Circle A or Circle M skills (you old-timers know what I’m talking about) is welcome to come on out.

Registration will be on Patroller School ( in mid-August.

Notchview Nordic Ski Patrol 20th Anniversary

On Sunday, February 25, I was thrilled to be asked to perform as part of the 20th anniversary of the Notchview Nordic Ski Patrol in Windsor, MA. As a former Alpine and Nordic National Ski Patroller myself, this patrol has always had a special place in my heart because of the dedicated leadership it has had for 20 years with the founder and director Mary Ann Richardson. Her leadership, tenacity, vision, enthusiasm, and drive to ensure that the Notchview Nordic Ski Area has a thriving ski patrol to help ensure a safe experience for the skiing public has been inspiring.

Mary Ann has built up the patrol with its number of members as well as creating a Junior Patrol program for youngsters who have an interest in volunteering and skiing. Mary Ann has created partnerships with other patrols and emergency units to ensure the patrol has the resources and support to be an effective member of the emergency medical services network.

Congratulations Mary Ann on 20 years of service and excellence. We are all proud of you and thank you for your positive impact on the Nordic skiing experience at Notchview! #MaryAnnRichardsonTheBest #TopNordicPatrol #EnsuringSkierSafety #StrongLeadership Harry Rock The Trustees of Reservations Eastern Division of the National Ski Patrol National Ski Patrol System Inc Northeast Nordic Skiers