March 14, 2007

Winter Aware

Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team presents this 45-minute video about snowsport safety. Winter Aware emphasizes planning, survival, and avalanche awareness. Exciting action footage includes avalanches and actual accidents in real time. Interviews with seasoned riders and skiers highlight this 2002 film.

Available in DVD and VHS formats at no charge to ski patrols. For more information, visit the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team website.

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March 11, 2007

Meathead Films

Meathead Films’ four DVDs follow outstanding alpine and telemark skiers and snowboarders to the New England and eastern Canada backcountry and to tamer venues. The films capture the adventures and antics of these snowsport athletes in their quests for thrills amidst the region’s 4,000-footers.

If you’ve skied or hiked in the Northeast, you’ll immediately recognize and relate to the locales: Mt. Greylock, Mt. Washington, Mt. Mansfield, Katahdin, Adirondacks, and the Chic Chocs.

Read the feature article about the Meatheads in the February 2007 issue of Vermont Sports.

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Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol

The January-February 2007 issue of Cross Country Skier Magazine features Becky Lomax’s article on the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol in Montana.

“Midnight Glamour: Flathead Nordic Patrol isn’t about Cruising Trails” describes the patrol’s role in backcountry searches and rescues. Its 28 patrollers cover ground inaccessible by motorized vehicles, responding to a variety of emergencies. The patrol and individual members have garnered national awards.

Cross Country Skier magazine appeals to the nordic enthusiast with news, reviews, and articles covering equipment, waxing, technique, training, competition, and more. We keep a copy in our patrol room.

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March 09, 2007

Sunrise – Sunset Calendars

Sunrise Sunset Calendars

The duration of sunlight governs patrolling toward the end of the day and the timing of sweeps. Our personal winter trips must synch with the hours of the sun.

While almanacs tabulate the rising and setting of the sun, better yet are web sites which print calendars of sunrise and sunset. will print a monthly calendar of times of sunrise, sunset, twilight, moonrise, moonset, and phase of the moon, corrected for Daylight Savings Time and localized for your geographical area.

The U. S. Naval Observatory permits you to print similar information for one day or a table for one year but makes no adjustment for Daylight Savings.