New Women’s Program Supervisor

Heather Newman, Women’s Supervisor

I would like to introduce myself, Heather Newman, as the next Women’s Advisor for the Eastern Division. I grew up skiing at a small (one T-bar, six runs) mountain in Northern Maine and started my patrol career in 2010. Since 2013, I have been a volunteer patroller at Saddleback in Rangeley, Maine. I am a Senior Patroller, an OEC Instructor, and an OET TE. Over the past six years, I have worked with the Maine Region as the Women’s Advisor and am very excited to take on my new role.

When asked why I enjoy teaching at Women’s-only events, I refer to comments the attendees made to me during and after the event: “I have never done that before; that was so cool,” “Thanks for taking us to the edge of our comfort zone with confidence,” “You believe I can, I believe I can,” and “Thank you and your friends for showing us women are strong patrollers.” I look forward to working all over the Eastern Division to bring more of those moments to the women of our patrol.

My family and I recently moved to Central Vermont and I look forward to skiing and getting to know patrols in the area.

Women in the Wild

The Genesee Valley Region hosted its first MTR (Mountain Travel and Rescue) Women’s Clinic, “Women in the Wild,” on June 2, 2024. An energetic group of 24 women from regions throughout New York State and New Jersey representing 10 different alpine and Nordic patrols attended and were able to refresh and/or be introduced to a combination of skills.

The participants utilized a combination of Patroller Moodle School lessons followed by a day of field exercises. We were blessed with pleasant weather while we explored the woods and trails at Harriett Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area overlooking beautiful Honeoye Lake in the Finger Lakes area of New York State.

These amazing ladies were introduced to nutrition as it pertains to outdoor travel and the increased caloric needs. In the field we put into practice our map and compass navigation skills while following a predetermined course as well as locating features off in the distance.

Outstanding teamwork contributed to efficient emergency fire-starting using multiple methods to create a spark and/or flame. Further along the trail emergency shelters were created and the group was able to view and discuss the multiple approaches to constructing a shelter.

A variety of natural resources combined with items from their 10 essentials were put into use. Great camaraderie allowed for new skill practice through teamwork and sharing of equipment and ideas as we traveled on a variety of terrain offered by the park.

Everyone then took some time amongst the trees for some forest bathing during a yoga session led by Kay Colner, ERYT-500, CIAYT. We wrapped up the day with a shared meal at Noble Sheperd Craft Brewery wishing happy travels to our new friends from throughout New York State and New Jersey. Special thanks to Eastern Division MTR Supervisor Joni Hamilton-Porter, Genesee Valley Region Women’s Program Advisor Pam Welch, and Eastern Division Patroller School Orest Ohar.

Please see the Eastern Division Calendar for other MTR and/or Women’s Program offerings

What’s Ahead…Calendar Reminders

The Eastern Division and the NSP offer a variety of events, programs, and opportunities for all patrollers. The following are calendar reminders of some of the opportunities available in the next few months. Click on the links for more details.

Gore, ENY – February 24-25

Begin March 13, 2024, at 7 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 9811 1272
If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Mingus, MD, Eastern Division Patroller Stress Awareness Advisor by email or phone 646-522-1451

The application and additional information can be found on the Women’s Program Scholarship page accepted through March 15, 2024

Smugglers’ Notch, VT – March 8-11, 2024

Sugarbush, VT – March 14-17, 2024

Vail. CO
APRIL 10 – 14, 2024
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2024 Women’s Program Events Schedule

Kristen Russo, Women’s Program Supervisor

Once again this year, the Eastern Division Women’s Program has a variety of events happening across the Division. Whether you are a long-time patroller wanting to improve your skills, a candidate looking to learn new skills, or even an aspiring instructor, all women patrollers are welcome to attend one of these upcoming programs.

Events Around the Division
Women-specific groups will be available in the following Patroller Schools (check out for more details)

• Sugarloaf, ME – January 20-21
• Elk Mountain, EPA – January 20-21
• Plattekill, SNY – January 27-28
• Killington, SVT – February 3-4
• Seven Springs, WAPP – February 10-11
• Gore, ENY – February 24-25

In addition, women’s clinics are being planned in most regions. Check the Eastern Division Calendar or the specific Region Calendar for more information on these events:

• EPA – Elk Mountain – January 19
• WNY – Buffalo Ski Center – January 21
• WMASS – Bousquet – January 21 (Toboggan)
• CT – Mount Southington – January 28
• NH – TBD – February 4
• CNY – Song Mountain – February 10
• WMASS – Bousquet – February 11 (Skiing/Riding)
• ENY – Gore – March 23
• NVT – Jay Peak – TBD
• EPA – Blue Mountain – TBD
• SVT – Saskadena Six – TBD
• GV – Location & Date TBD  **Nordic/MTR Adventure

National Events
If you love to travel, like meeting new people, and want to experience patrolling in other areas of the country, check out some of the other events happening throughout the US:

POWDERFALL – April 10-14 – Vail, CO: NSP’s premier education event. Held every other year, it includes three days of educational sessions and program roundtables.
PSIA/AASI WOMEN’S SUMMIT – February 25-28 – Solitude, UT: PSIA/AASI hosts three days of skiing and riding with some of the top female educators and instructors. Focus on your skills, teaching, and even run a few toboggans.

Other Division Women’s Clinics – Various clinics being held in other Divisions around the country and more being announced soon:

SOUTHERN DIVISION – Timberline Mountain, WV – January 19-21
CENTRAL DIVISION – Nub’s Knob, MI – January 26-28
CENTRAL DIVISION – Wilmot Mountain, WI – February 3
FAR WEST DIVISION – Northstar, CA – February 9-11
FAR WEST DIVISION – Mount Shasta, CA – March 2-3 email: for more info

If you have any questions, please email Kristen Russo. We look forward to seeing everyone on the slopes this season and welcome all to join!

2024-2025 Eastern Division Women’s Program Scholarship

We are happy to announce that once again this year, the Eastern Division Women’s Program will be sponsoring three $300 scholarships for women patrollers to attend an Eastern Division Patroller School or Women’s Clinic. In memory of Western Appalachian Patroller Deborah Stitt, the scholarship was established to provide more women the opportunity to attend a Patroller School or Women’s Clinic and support the development of leadership skills within the NSP.

Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2024. The application and additional information can be found on the Women’s Program Scholarship page on

The Eastern Division NSP Women’s Program Mission is to empower patrollers by advancing skills and developing leadership in a women-focused program. It was funded anonymously in memory of Western Appalachian Patroller Deborah Stitt. Deborah had the opportunity to attend an Eastern Division Patroller School. She was empowered to continue her patrol journey and support other women patrollers in developing their leadership skills within the NSP.

Applicants must be current and active female Eastern Division National Ski Patrol members. We encourage all active women members to apply no matter their category: Alpine Patrollers, Nordic Patrollers, Patrollers, Young Adult Patrollers, Candidates, and active Alumni.

Patrollers may not be awarded more than one scholarship for each ski season. Patrollers may apply each year for the scholarship, but recipients may not be awarded more than two Eastern Division Women’s Program Scholarships in their patrol career.

Recipients will be selected based on what they wish to gain by attending a women-focused event, how they will encourage and develop other women at the local mountain and region, and how patrolling has influenced them.

The Eastern Division Women’s Program Supervisor will notify selected recipients via email and phone by April 1. Those not chosen for the 2024-2025 ski season will be notified by April 15.

Recipients may register for an Eastern Division Patroller School or Women’s Clinic of their choice. Attendance at a Fall Patroller School, typically held each August or September, are also eligible.

Scholarship funds may be used towards the registration fee, lodging, tickets, meals, and mileage. In the event of a program cancellation, the recipient can carry the scholarship over to the next ski season.

For more information, visit the Women’s Program Scholarship page on