The Patrol News and Special Events page is useful for patrol news and Patrol-sponsored events for fund raising. Let everyone know that your patrol has a fundraiser event and see how many new faces show up that you already know. Let's help all of our Patrols throughout the year by attending the various fundraising events that are held. Region-sponsored events such as our yearly Awards banquet will also have details and contact information posted. Other events such as Pro Nights will also be listed. If you have a special event you would listed on this page please contact John Zajac as listed above.
John Zajac 716-523-8603
Click here for the region's expense reimbursement policy.
Robert Scarlett -
Legal Advisors Broadcast
You have undoubtedly heard concerns or received inquiries on NSP,
patrolling and the recently enacted federal HIPAA legislation for
patient privacy. The NSP earlier stated that HIPAA compliance
determinations belong to ski resort management, but patrollers have
sought more information.
There has been much concern and an equal amount of ad hoc advice given
on what patrols must do now that HIPAA is in force. Unfortunately, not
all of the advice has been accurate, and some of these inaccuracies have
been published in newsletters.
While our position concerning whether HIPAA applies to local patrol
operations remains unchanged-this determination is made by resort
management, Bill Sachs and I, with the help of numerous counsel have
prepared the article HIPAA: What Does It Mean to Patrollers? This
article will be published in the forthcoming Ski Patrol Magazine, but it
also has been posted on the NSP web site at this address:
We encourage you to review this article so that you will be better able
to respond to inquiries concerning HIPAA. You may wish to link patrol,
region or division web sites to the article. If you want to copy the
article into a printed newsletter, please contact the NSP communications
Copies of this e-mail have been broadcast to all division and region
directors, all patrol representatives and various committees.
National Legal Counsel
National Ski Patrol
WESTERN NEW YORK PATROLLERS, below is a list of guidelines that patrollers in WNY should consider when contemplating transferring to another patrol within the region. They are presented to all patrollers in WNY to promote courtesy and good will among patrols.
REGION TRANSFER GUIDELINES
Outward or active
recruiting of patrollers from one patrol by patrollers from another patrol
A patroller should
contact his/her Patrol Representative (director) when that patroller wishes
to transfer. A letter of recommendation should be requested at that
time. If the patroller chooses, he/she may first seek tentative
acceptance at the new patrol.
As a courtesy, patrol
representatives, upon being approached by a patroller from another patrol
with a request to transfer and not possessing a letter of recommendation,
should in person or by phone, contact said patrollerís present Patrol
Representative and inform that patrol representative of the possible
transfer situation. A letter of recommendation can be requested at that
If the new Patrol Representative chooses not to contact the former patrol rep, then he/she should require the transferring patroller to notify his/her former patrol rep. in writing with a copy to the new patrol rep.
Below are the policies that each area within our region follows for allowing visiting patrollers to ski at their hill in a non-patrol related environment (free skiing).
Allegany State Park Nordic - Entrance to and use of the state park is free of charge for all patrollers. A patrol parka or pack should not be worn.
Buffalo Ski Center - Visiting patrollers may receive a complimentary ticket upon presentation of membership card.
Cockaigne - Visiting patrollers may receive a complimentary ticket after checking in with the patrol director.
Denton Hill - Visiting patrollers may receive a complimentary ticket and will be asked to wear their patrol parka, pack and take a radio. The visiting patroller must check in with the Hill Captain of the day and show a current NSP registration card. Visiting patrollers will be expected to help if there is an accident.
Holiday Valley - Visiting patrollers may receive a 1/2 price ticket. The visiting patroller must show a current NSP registration card. Please check in with the Hill Chief of the day and sign the Visitors Log. Tickets will not be issued on weekends, during Christmas week, Martin Luther King Day, or Presidents Day. A patrol parka or pack should not be worn.
Holimont - Visiting patrollers may receive a 1/2 price ticket. The visiting patroller must show a current NSP registration card and be a Senior level patroller. Please check in with the Head Patroller of the day. Tickets will not be issued during Christmas week, Martin Luther King Day, or Presidents Day. A patrol parka or pack should not be worn.
Kissing Bridge - Visiting patrollers, with advance notification, may receive a complimentary ticket. Visiting patrollers without advance notification may receive a 1/2 price ticket.
Peek'n Peak - Visiting patrollers may receive a professional complimentary ticket for half price. The visiting patroller must show a current NSP registration card. Please check in with the Annex Office.
As a courtesy, many ski shops will assist patrollers in obtaining new ski and snowboard equipment, accessories, and sometimes, clothing at a professional discount. Remember the following points when dealing with shops:
Patrol candidates are NOT eligible for professional discounts.
Discounted products are for the personal use of the patroller only.
Politely identify yourself as a patroller and be prepared to show your NSP registration card.
Respect dates, hours, and other instructions of the shop.
Shop in the early pre-season period and avoid times when shops are likely to be busiest with regular customers.
Make only discreet inquiries about professional discounts, out of earshot of regular shoppers in the stores.
Be prepared to have your patrol director sign order forms.
Do not expect shops to deplete their stock. Goods usually must be ordered.
Remember to thank shops for their time and for voluntarily extending this courtesy to ski patrollers.
When you receive good service, spread the word to other potential customers.
Mud Sweat N' Gears, Ellicottville (716-699-8300), anytime
The City Garage, Ellicottville (716-699-2054), anytime
Snowflake Ski Shop/245 Snowboards, Lockport (716-434-7045)
Holyloft Ski and Bike, Jamestown (716-483-2330), did Thursday nights, call in advance.
Jamestown Cycle Shop, Jamestown (716-664-4112), anytime
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