Mad River Mountain Ski Patrol – In The News

Find out more about Ski Patrol: Becoming A Member and Mountain Host Program.

NOTE:  Due to current safety restrictions, ALL in person events for the ski patrol have been cancelled.  Information about the coming season will be issued as Vail approves.  Please contact Scott Griffith with questions.

Patroller’s Alert – As many of you already know, this year’s OEC Refresher will be done totally on-line.  Here’s what you need to do to get credit for the refresher.  Please contact Wally with any questions.

  1. Log into your NSP account and complete the “2020 OEC Refresher A – Online Module & Workbook Exercises” which can be found on the NSP website under “Online Learning.”  Then send a pdf version of your completion certificate to Wally Taylor.
  2. Log onto your NSP account and register for C137200014 under “Course Schedule.”

ALSO – Congrats to Wally Taylor, who has assumed the role of Ohio Region OEC Administrator as of July 1.  It’s a big job, and Wally will do us proud.

L>R: Troy Southwick, Kyle Evans, Chris Raudabaugh, Ken Okoye, Shawn Roush

Celebrate success! 
This year we had a record three snowboarders getting their red coat – Kyle, Ken, and Whitney Hohlbein (not pictured) !  They gathered Wed night to celebrate and to thank their boarding coaches, Troy, Chris,  and Shawn.

Graduating Class Feb 2020: Ted Berson, Tom Richert, Gwen Richert, Whitney Hohlbein, Kyle Evans, Ken Okoye, Boris Terebuh.

Congratulations to some of our newest Red Coat wearers after their recent hill climb – Mike Chizever, Ken Okoye, and Ted Berson recently completed their hill climb as final step to achieving their alpine status.

Two of our patrollers were rewarded Feb 8 for their training efforts this season:  Nick Tippett passed Senior Toboggan and Cindy Watson PSIA Level 1.  Way to go!

ANNUAL BANQUET:  Registration is now open for the ski patrol banquet! Please mark your calendars now and be sure to register.  We’ll have games and gifts for those that attend, so don’t miss out!

Slopes at Night, courtesy of David McKenna

Winter Fun abounds as some of our patrollers celebrate the holidays inside as well as out.  Don’t forget to share photos so that others can enjoy as well.

Ohio Region Director reveals true self??

Sign up today for SKI/RIDE PROGRAMS:  Invest in yourself!  Sign up now for a Ski/Ride Enhancement clinic.  We have seven sessions available to become more dynamic in your skiing, prepare for senior testing, work towards PSIA certifications, develop tele skills, improve your training techniques, or just enhance or refresh your ski/ride skills to have more fun on the slopes!

Events for the 2019/20 season abound.  There are many opportunities to enhance your skills in skiing, toboggan, OEC, and MTR.  Activities at MRM are listed on the calendar here and events at other sites are on the Ohio Region website.  

CONGRATS to our newest edition of OEC Technicians / Candidates!  Erin Faulkner, Dave Hartnett, Katie (Wilber) Miller, Sahan Shrestha, and welcome back to Colin O’Connor.  Please take time to welcome each to their new patrol shifts this year!

FUND RAISING: The Fall Fest was held October 12 including our annual Ski Swap.  It was a beautiful day with lots of fun activities hosted by the area and great equipment available for sale.  This year’s Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience was a great success on Oct 5-6 with 2,789 beverages sold over the two days to become our biggest fund raiser of the year!  Thanks to those that volunteered their time and energies to help bring these great results.

DIVISION AWARDS:  Congratulations to three of our patrollers that were recognized for their service to the division offices over the last 6 years.  Recognized with the Meritorius Service Award were: Chris Raudabaugh, Troy Southwick, and Cheryl Raudabaugh. Chris also received the Division Directors Award for his contribution and support as Assistant Division Director.


A Big CONGRATULATIONS to Troy Green, who received his national appointment #12093 at the Ohio Region Awards Banquet this spring.  This is the highest honor that is granted in the National Ski Patrol.  “A patroller with a National Appointment or Leadership Commendation Appointment is an individual who has demonstrated leadership, good character, diplomacy, a positive attitude, good judgment, unusual qualities of patrolling ability, a genuine desire to serve the skiing public, and extraordinary service to the National Ski Patrol.” 

Also recognized at the Region Banquet was Scott Griffith, for outstanding administrative services in the Ohio Region, presented with the Wally James Award.

Have you checked out our new Recruiting Video?  Excellent coordination effort by Troy Green to produce this compelling video on reasons to join our NSP family.  Ski Patrol Video 2019 – It’s More Than A Job, It’s Family  

Our fearless leaders- Bucky and Scott!

Congrats to Brett Foster – featured recently on the Wright State Newsroom publication for his work with the National Ski Patrol via Mad River Mountain.  Way to go! Check out the article here:  Medical Student Volunteer

Celebration!  We added a great wrap to the year with a banquet teamed up with our friends from MRM Ski School.  Recognition was given to patrollers hitting key years of service in addition to the following awards:

Candidate of the Year: Boris Terebuh;  Patroller of the Year: Troy Green;  Patrol Directors Award: Dan Fancy;  Sage Award: David C Faulkner;
Shift of the Year: Sunday B (Chuck M hill lead);  Hill Leader of the Year: Tim Burkholder;  Bravo Award: Cindy Watson;  Snowsports Instructor of the Year: Shawn Roush;  OEC Instructor of the Year: Kristen McKenna;  Toboggan Instructor of the Year: Chris Raudabaugh;  Young Adult Patroller of the Year: Tyler Green

L-R: Rick Schieltz, Dave Cobb, Don Phipps, Chris Raudabaugh, Jim Vickroy, Troy Green, Scott Griffith

Spring Fling

What a great day for fun at MRM Mar 9th!  We started the day with a recognition breakfast for our patrol directors (pictured at right) and Alumni Day.  Then it was off to the races – cardboard that is – with many of our patrollers participating and two great entries by the patrol, followed by Pond Skimming.  More pictures in our Photo Gallery 

Training Fun on the Hill

We had fun friendly End of Season Games with Candidates and available Instructors (even had 1 potential candidate join us). Racing down hill with toboggans and other crazy tasks that Chet thought up… Team Vickroy was crowned the Winner but due to rampant Cheating on All Sides, everyone present received Participation Prizes :-)

L-R:Jim Vickroy, Mack Logan, Whitney Hohlbein, Boris Terebuh, Gwen Reichert, Tom Reichert, Twyla Southall, Ken Okoye, Dugan McAdams, Mike Chizever, Sallie Evans, Chet Stanley.

Congratulations! Congrats to Shawn Roush for passing his AASI Level I!  Way to go and another enhancement to our training team.

More success to share!  Congrats are due to Wally Taylor and the father/son team of Justin Tugaoen and Jonah Tugaoen for completing their Senior Alpine Patroller status with the success of their Sr. Toboggan testing. Way to go!

L-R: Alicia Knapke Stanley, Sallie Evans, Cheryl Raudabaugh, Twyla Southall, Heidi Ettlinger, Chet Stanley, Troy Southwick, Jim Vickroy, Chris Raudabaugh

TRAIN the Trainers!  Eight members of our training team had the opportunity to do an afternoon of training with Heidi Ettlinger, of the PSIA Alpine staff (D Team).  Heidi inspired and peaked our interest with new ideas as always!!

Mountain Hosts – First Graduates

We are pleased to welcome the initial class of Mountain Hosts, who just passed their Outdoor First Care test and will become active participants in our patrolling. Pictured left to right – Sylvia Woodruff (YAP), Mark Woodruff, Saundra Woodruff, Eric Trent, Jason Paine, Shawn Paine (YAP), Joe Stefko, and Dana Parsons.

Also welcome our three new alpine patrollers aka “Sled Dogs” that passed their final testing Jan 27th!  Please extend your congrats to Julia Stanley, Nick Marco, and Tyler Green (Pictured L-R)

You Tube Videos 

MRM Ski Patrol now has a great bank of You Tube Videos to provide training and refresher how to’s on a variety of procedures.  Check out the latest on How to use the carrier to transport toboggans back uphill and Subscribe to our channel! See full list of videos here: You Tube Training Videos.

ICS 100-You may have seen the notes about this new requirement for all patrollers.  More information about the program and how to complete the course can be found under OEC Programs – ISC100

Radios – If thinking about purchasing a new personal radio for use while patrolling, check here first.


At the fall division meeting, we had two Mad River patrollers among those recognized for outstanding achievement within the Central Division.
  Troy Southwick: Division Directors Award, for implementing the toboggan instructor movement analysis program; Cheryl Raudabaugh: Central Division Outstanding Supervisor, for work in the Skills Development Programs.  The Rusty Parka newsletter shows lots more awards given to hardworking patrollers across the division, including BM/BW/AV as the National Outstanding large alpine patrol, awarded a Gold Unit Citation.

Patroller Stories

We all have stories that are indelibly etched in our memories.  Please consider sharing yours with the patrol.  See other stories here and email your personal story to Cheryl to contribute.

New OEC Technicians!

A Big Congratulations and job well done to our newest candidates, with eight passing their OEC Practical test Aug 12 to become OEC Technicians.  Welcome them aboard.

CALENDAR Keep an eye on our calendar.  We have lots of events and development activities on the horizon.  What are you doing for self-improvement this year?  Become part of the Senior Programs, consider a Ski Enhancement, Toboggan Enhancement, or OEC development opportunity!  Nothing to lose and so many possibilities to gain!!

MRM Organization Chart  See who leads our volunteer organization in the various functions that it takes to run the show.

Welcome Visitors!

Our 100+ volunteer members provide service, safety, and emergency care to snowsports enthusiasts that visit the Mad River Mountain Ski Resort.Mad River Mountain Ski Resort boasts a 300 ft vertical covering 120 acres of pristine snow generated by Mother Nature, or Mad Rivers 100+ snow machines.Please feel free to check out our site and information about us . Thanks for stopping by.

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The Ohio Region 2016-2017 & 2013-2014 Outstanding Ski Patrol!
The Central Division 2008-2009 Outstanding Ski Patrol!

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