The National Ski Patrol recently voted Notchview's volunteer-run Nordic ski patrol the second best in the country and best in the Eastern Division. The ski patrol was chosen in large part for its efforts in the community, away from the ski area, Wamsley said.

Patrol members have helped teach a local fire department first responder course and other first aid and CPR courses for area residents. The patrol also helped provide First Aid coverage for Tanglewood Music Center, the annual roller ski race up Mount Greylock and served as course marshalls at the Tour of the Battenkill, the largest Pro Am bike race in the country.

The ski patrol recently expanded from six to 11 members, and provides safety, first aid and guidance for skiers. Volunteer patrol director Mary Ann Richardson said she was "over the moon" for the award. "We have found that patrolling is a very proactive way to make sure all of our guests are safe, warm and happy while out skiing," Richardson said. "Our goal as a patrol is to provide a level of care and excellence that makes all of our guests our family. It is gratifying to see the hard work of our volunteer ski patrol recognized with this prestigious award."

Wamsley said the ski patrol "is really ingrained in helping with the community."

-- Nathan Mayberg


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