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National Ski Patrol

Eastern Division

Fall 2015 Seminar and Refresher for Instructors:

Avalanche – Mountain Travel & Rescue – Nordic

Northfield, Massachusetts

September 19 & 20, 2015

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AMN15 Training Event

The NSP Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic (AMN) instructors will hold their annual fall seminar and refresher in Northfield, Massachusetts, for the sixth time in nine years. The date is Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2015. Our hosts will be the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and the Northfield Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol. The weekend will include presentations, skills refresher stations, and field exercises.

Participants in 2014 AMN weekend at Northfield Mountain

An article about the 2011 Northfield AMN meeting appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Ski Patrol magazine. See a few photos from past AMN weekends.

Although this event is intended primarily for NSP AMN instructors, we welcome any NSP member who might be interested in practicing backcountry skills and in learning more about becoming an instructor.

The weekend has been registered with NSP as "Instructor Continuing Education Clinic" on each day (Saturday for MTR and Nordic and Sunday for Low Angle Rescue)

Even if you’re returning, be sure to read  Directions & Camping!


Saturday’s program has been registered as MTR and Nordic Instructor Continuing Education Clinics. Planned activities consist of discussions, presentations, and outdoor exercises related to search & rescue, avalanche safety & rescue, Nordic program, navigation, and ropework.

The theme of the Nordic program is Helping Nordic Senior Candidates Succeed.

On Sunday, a full day is reserved for a Low Angle Rope Rescue class, MTR Enhancement Seminar 32642. Prerequisite: MTR1. Class size is limited. Cost: $30. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Matt Speier 646-319-2747, matt@peakrescue.org. Read Matt’s bio here and download the flyer.

The preliminary schedule may be found here.


Please register if you plan to attend so that we can plan meals and facilities. There are no registration or other fees for this event, except for the Low Angle Rescue class. Send your NSP number, home patrol name, and contact info in advance to Jonathan Shefftz at NSPAMN@gmail.com (so that you can receive NSP educational credit.

Sunday's eight-hour Low Angle Rescue training requires pre-registration with instructor Matt Speier: matt@peakrescue.org.

What to Bring

Be prepared for prevailing weather conditions by checking the weather site below. Read the hints for making your weekend more productive and comfortable. Bring your patrol uniform jacket for the photographs and your ID badge (for mingling with new folks). If you plan to bring a dog, be sure to read Northfield Mountain's dog policy.

You may want to use this occasion to sell or swap your unwanted gear.


DirectionsNorthfield Mountain is located near the junction of I-91 and Route 2 near the intersection of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Find driving directions and maps here. Check back before you leave home for updates on highway construction and exit closings.

Meals Provided

FoodA continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Check out the Saturday menu. But please bring your own water bottle (so that we can avoid the waste of supplying bottled water.) Attendees must make their own arrangements for other meals.



Barton Cove, managed by Northfield Mountain, the group campground for the event, will be open Friday and Saturday nights. The campsite is wooded and scenic. There will be no running water at the campground (although you can refill at Northfield Mountain). More >>



For those not staying at the group campsite, overnight accommodations, ranging from motels to bed-and-breakfasts, are available nearby.

Dining Out


Sit-down and fast-food restaurants are available in the area. Most have wine and beer licenses. View a list of restaurants and some take-out food stores. But note that no food is available on-site at Northfield Mountain (other than Saturday's provided breakfast and lunch).



As of Friday morning, the forecast calls for sunny weekend days (70 – 80°) and cool nights (fifties). 20% chance of showers Sunday morning. NOAA weather provides the best current conditions and forecast for Northfield. For detailed weather discussion, visit the Boston National Weather Site.



Cellphone service enroute should be excellent on major highways. Verizon has strong reception at Northfield Mountain. Pay phones are available at Northfield and at the campsite.

For local information, contact Bill Schweikert at 413-423-3437 or wwschweik@yahoo.com

For information about program content, contact Jonathan Shefftz: NSPAMN@gmail.com