Region Director's Report

Dan Meess    716-649-8518 (h), 716-949-5275 (c)


Region Director Report Ė July 1, 2018


I figured some introductions should be in order for my first report so here goes. My candidate season was way back in 1981-82 at Laurel Mountain in PA, an area with only one very old chairlift but we did have almost a 900 ft vertical and the challenging Lower Wildcat slope. We typically had only 2-3 patrollers on our weeknight shifts so I figured it wise to get my EMT certification since at that time, first aid training was only ARC Advanced First Aid. For fun, I took the Advanced Ski Mountaineering and Avalanche courses in 1985 at the Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV and Pinkham Notch, NH, enjoying both expeditions thoroughly. I went to a bunch of clinics in 1988 and earned my senior that year.

 My family moved to Western New York in 1990 and the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol accepted me as a transfer.  Iíve served on membership, lift evacuation and awards committees and as hill chief, OEC & CPR/AED instructor and patrol director from 2007-11. Region responsibilities include OEC trainer/evaluator since 2012, one of your two region representatives since 2013 and awards banquet co-chair for the past 3 years.

 Enough of my history and on to news of interest:

  • The Cockaigne area is being redeveloped with a new lodge under construction and many other improvements underway. Former Cockaigne patroller, Karen Gollnitz, was asked by the new owners to be the ski patrol director and she is actively recruiting candidates.

  • I represented our region at the ED Spring Meeting as RD this past April instead of as a region representative for the previous five years. In addition to all the interesting program reports, there was much discussion on recent sexual harassment in the news and how to convey expectations for proper conduct within the NSP. Consequently, a motion was passed to form a Training Program Committee to raise awareness regarding the various forms of harassment. The YAP event at Holiday Valley received many accolades; the patrollers and ED Staff/Officers who came to our region indicated it was very well worth the long trip. The video highlights can be found on YouTube/YAP Tube. New NSP Executive Director, Meeghan Moszynski, and seven of the 13 National Board members were present for the weekend meeting with each addressing the gathering. A summary of the National Board election was presented showing an ED voting percentage of 49.7%, the highest of any division. Our Region had a 53.7% turnout, 4th highest in the ED.  Thank-you for voting!

  • The Ride for Roswell NSP WNY Region Team, captained by Gary Morog and Denice Kaus, consisting of 20 patrollers and spouses raised $14, 396 as of the June 23 ride. Outstanding!!!

  • All areas were represented at the Regionís awards banquet at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center in Dunkirk although participation was a slim 57. Check out the award winners on the web site link. We had 13 of us on the wine tasting tour beforehand and discovered that tasting local micro-brews was available as well, and in one case, local spirits.

  • Everyone should have received their OEC refresher workbook with the summer edition of Ski Patrol Magazine.  New spinal assessment and protection information is included in the workbook and will be covered in all refreshers.

I look forward to working with all the great program leads to serve our patrollers, the patrols and their areas, as well maintain the Regionís outstanding reputation.

Have a great summer!




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