2024 Young Adult Patroller Summit

The Eastern Division Young Adult Patroller Summit was held March 8-11, 2024, at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont with 78 young adults attending from around the division. Young adults converged for three days of intense training and competition. Mother Nature provided a bit of everything; moments of sun, rain, snow, and plenty of wind. Her indecisiveness was nothing compared to the energy and stoke from attendees!

Young adults looking to learn new skills or improve existing skills joined the Enhancement Track. And join they did! In large numbers! A love for learning echoed throughout all aspects of the weekend. The James Slattery Patroller Enhancement Award was awarded to a young adult who displayed a strong desire to grow their skills, has the ability to provide support to peers and their journey of learning, and demonstrated the ability to receive and incorporate feedback all with a positive and encouraging attitude.

Those young adults looking to showcase their skills and see how they ranked against their peers chose the Competition Track. The competition was tight with snow and weather conditions constantly changing. The level of skill was high as they demonstrated patroller skills in Outdoor Emergency Care, Patient Assessment, Outdoor Emergency Transportation, and Ski/Ride Skills.The weekend ended with a banquet full of awards, recognition of young adults accomplishments, a senior salute, and free swag!

Outdoor Emergency Care
1. Avery Laitala – Wachusett Mountain
2. Katherine Tedesco – Holimont Ski Area
3. Dillon Bhutani – Killington

Best Assessment
Avery Laitala – Wachusett Mountain

Outdoor Emergency Transportation
1. Cooper Biersbach – Holimont Ski Area
2. Hayden Larson – Wachusett Mountain
3. Gwenyth Gaiko – Killington

Ski/Ride Skills
1. Avery Laitala – Wachusett Mountain
2. Hayden Larson – Wachusett Mountain
3. Cooper Biersbach – Holimont Ski Area

1. Avery Laitala – Wachusett Mountain
2. Dillon Bhutani – Killington
3. Cooper Biersbach – Holimont Ski area

James Slattery Patroller Enhancement Award
Brayden Eckhart – Spring Mountain

Hans Hyson Award
Bram Shandler – Spring Mountain

Young adult must attend the division seminar but does not have to compete in any discipline. Young adult must possess an attitude that is in accordance with National Ski Patrol policies both on and off the hill. Young adult must be respectful of peers, other patrollers, as well as the public both on and off the hill. Young adult must be active at his/her home mountain, as well as involved with school and community functions. Award will be determined by Eastern Division Staff, along with the help of any individual deemed appropriate.

Meet the First Winner of the James Slattery Award

Watch Western Appalachian Region YAP Advisor Anna Hermann as she interviews Hidden Valley Ski Patrol YAP Gracie Gonzalez about her experiences at last year’s 2023 Eastern Division YAP Summit held at Smugglers’ Notch. Gracie talked about what inspired her to become a patroller, what a wonderful learning experience the division YAP event was, and how it affected her growth as a young patroller and as a young adult. Gracie was the first YAP to receive the James Slattery Award. Read about Jim Slattery, the Division’s Oldest Junior, in the next issue of Trail Sweep.

Click the link for more information about the Eastern Division Young Adult Patroller program.

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
Register Now


Division YAP Summit Announcement

I’m Craig Larson, the Eastern Division Young Adult Patroller (YAP) Supervisor, and you caught me decorating for Christmas. I’m glad you are reading this because I have news to share with everyone!

Watch the video and spread the news to your fellow YAPs and their parents!



Watch for details coming soon on the YAP Events page of PatrollerSchool. The YAP Summit fills up fast, so don’t wait. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, watching for registration to open.  Save the dates and start planning for the 2024 YAP Summit at Smugglers’ Notch, March 8th to 12th.